Multiple MS and PhD Graduate Research Assistantships available at University of 
California, Merced

The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California Merced seeks 
applications for 2-3 highly qualified applicants who are committed to pursuing 
an MS or PhD degree in Environmental Systems, in one of three areas:

1) Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The PhD student will engage in developing 
integrated modeling tools and analysis using systems engineering approach to 
natural resource management. The prospective student will analyze the nexus 
between food-energy-water systems, comprised of connected 
wildland-storage-cropland subsystems in California, and explore how different 
climate-adaption pathways affect resilience, vulnerability, and sustainability 
of CA's highly leveraged rivers.  We are looking for students with hydrology, 
water resources engineering, system engineering backgrounds for 5-year USDA 
funded project. Experience in scientific programming, remote sensing, and data 
analytics are greatly preferred.

2) Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management. The MS or PhD student will engage 
in developing data and modeling tools to better understand and predict the 
effects of restoration treatments on forest health, water supply, and carbon. 
The prospective student will also engage in building partnerships, among 
different stakeholder groups, for improving drought resiliency and reducing 
high intensity wildfire risk while enhancing both forest health and water 
related benefits. We are looking for students with watershed hydrology, water 
resources engineering, agriculture engineering, and forestry backgrounds for 
2-year (possibly longer) USDI funded project. Experience in hydrologic 
modeling, snow, remote sensing, and data analytics are greatly preferred.

3) Groundwater and Surface-Water Interactions. The MS or PhD student will 
combine tracer and other data on groundwater inflow and subsurface storage to 
inform a detailed and high-fidelity model (i.e. ParFlow) to better understand 
the dynamics of snow and subsurface storage at varying geo-climatic settings of 
the Sierra Nevada under current and future climate. The prospective student 
will also explore lower-fidelity "surrogate" or "proxy" modeling technique 
using PRMS to capture and upscale the findings of the high-fidelity modeling to 
basin-scale at which water resources are managed. We are looking for students 
with hydrology, water resources engineering, and numerical modeling backgrounds 
for 3-year UCOP funded project.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Drs. Martha Conklin 
(mconk...@ucmerced.edu), Mohammad Safeeq (msaf...@ucmerced.edu), and Roger 
Bales (rba...@ucmerced.edu) for further information related to project or 
application process.



Michelle Gilmore
Staff Research Associate, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Outreach Manager, Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory
University of California, Merced
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