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PhD Student Fellowship Opportunity

Join an international team forecasting ecosystem dynamics in a biodiversity hotspot!

The Departments of Geography & Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo (UB) invite applications for a PhD student to participate in NASA-funded projects on remote sensing of biodiversity (bioscape.io) and/or ecological forecasting (emma.eco). These two projects aim to integrate remote sensing, field observations, and environmental variables to understand the spatial distribution of biodiversity and forecast near-real-time changes in the fynbos ecosystem of the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. Ph.D. topics could be developed around either (or both) of these projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or, preferably, a master’s degree in geography, biology, ecology, engineering, or a related field

  • Ability to work both in an interdisciplinary research team and independently

  • Excellent communication skills

This position is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo (UB), a large R1 Research University on the shores of Lake Erie.


The successful candidate will be funded through the UB PhD Excellence Initiative which includes a $20,000 per year stipend and a full tuition scholarship. Fellowships are available to domestic and international students. Some applicants may also be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship and/or Presidential Fellowship. If you are interested in this position, please send your CV to Adam Wilson (adamw@buffalo.edu). Interested students are encouraged to apply to the department by December 1st, 2021 for full funding consideration.

About UB

The University at Buffalo is the State University of New York’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

People who identify as traditionally under-represented in their field are especially encouraged to apply.

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2020-2021 Work-study positions

We are seeking three UB undergraduate students with work-study support to contribute to two NASA-funded projects in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and conservation professionals located in Buffalo, NY, Merced, CA, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Scientific Illustrator - Are you interested in science but passionate about art? Create digital artwork that captures the incredible biodiversity of South Africa and the technology we are using to study it. Learn more and apply at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4834211.

Geographic Data Visualization Analyst - Are you interested in learning how to tell stories with maps and building your online GIS portfolio? Join us to develop ‘story maps’ that share geospatial information, photographs, and details about the biodiversity hotspot and project. Learn more and apply at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4834301.

GIS Analyst - Do you want to get involved under the hood of a NASA project using high-resolution imagery and artificial intelligence to help conserve biodiversity? Help us document ecological change by developing a geospatial dataset we’ll use for model training and prediction. Learn more and apply at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4838720.

Important - these positions are only open to current UB students with work-study support for the 2021-2022 academic year. See here for more information about work-study positions at UB.