GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) at 
Boise State University. A position is available for a Ph.D. student to 
integrate remote sensing, ecological modeling, and field data to map and 
predict the spread of an invasive plant, European Frogbit, in Great 
Lakes coastal wetlands. The student will:

1. Collect and use UAV imagery to map the introduction and spread of the 
target species;
2. Integrate remote sensing, ecological modeling, field data, and data 
collected from local experts to predict the spread of the target 
3. Use satellite data, drone imagery, and Lidar to map wetland plant 
composition and quality, and to monitor restoration outcomes. 
4. Apply quantitative models to forecast range expansion of the target 

The project is a collaboration among spatial scientists, wetland 
ecologists, wildlife biologists, and tribal natural resource managers. 
The ideal student will start in August 2018. There is an opportunity for 
fieldwork, including wetland restoration, and the collection of ground 
truth data and drone imagery. During the field season the student would 
be based at the University of Michigan Biological Station 

A strong background in GIS, remote sensing, ecology, species 
distribution modeling, wetland restoration, and/or statistics will be an 
asset. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree and research or 
job experience related to the topics above. 
Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships 
(renewable, 12-month at $24,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health 
About the program and Boise
The PhD student will join the Human Environment Systems group at Boise 
State University, a group of faculty and students committed to 
transdiciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-
world environmental challenges. The student will be advised by Dr. Jodi 
Brandt ( and Dr. 
Trevor Caughlin (

The student will earn a degree in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior 
PhD, a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This 
program brings together faculty from across multiple academic 
departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, 
and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and 
provide unique mentorship and training opportunities.  Further, we have 
created a network of valuable connections in academia, local 
relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as 
well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to 
providing students with transformative research and educational 
experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please 

Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, 
which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational 
activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills 
of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is 
frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample 
opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year round and a 
thriving arts and entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World 
report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States. To 
learn more, please view “Visit Boise” link at:
To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last 
name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and 
career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies 
of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not 
combined) to Please put “PhD application” in 
the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received 
until March 1, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your 
application cannot be considered.  Top candidates will be asked to 
formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program.  All admission decisions 
must be approved by the Graduate Dean.
Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, 
student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the 
diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to 

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