[CRYOLIST] Funded PhD Opportunity
tlantz at uvic.ca
Thu Oct 24 14:22:20 PDT 2019
Please forward the opportunity below to folks with an interest in
permafrost and remote sensing. We are accepting applications until
Here is a link to the posting as a pdf - http://ale.uvic.ca/ALE_PF_PhD1.pdf
The Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria is
seeking a PhD student to lead a research project: 1) mapping permafrost
landscape change and 2) assessing the determinants of terrain sensitivity.
In many permafrost regions, the frequency of thaw-related disturbances
is increasing so rapidly that maintaining accurate inventories presents
a significant challenge. This first objective of this project is to
develop semi-automated procedures to map permafrost terrain disturbances
using satellite imagery (e.g., Landsat, WorldView, Sentinel). The second
project objective is to determine the biophysical controls of terrain
sensitivity by analyzing the disturbance inventories generated through
mapping. By identifying sensitive areas and increasing our capacity to
monitor change, this project will significantly inform decision making
in northern communities and regions affected by permafrost thaw.
Interested applicants should have an MSc in geography, environmental
science, earth science, or related field, and previous experience with
remote sensing, GIS and statistics. Applicants must be self-motivated,
have strong communication skills, experience managing multiple tasks,
and be willing to travel to the Canadian Arctic for fieldwork. Previous
experience in permafrost environments is an asset, but is not vital.
This research project will be co-supervised by Dr. Trevor Lantz
(University of Victoria) and Dr. Robert Fraser (Canada Centre for Remote
Sensing). An annual stipend of $21,000 (plus benefits) is guaranteed for
four years and additional support for field and conference travel is
available for the duration of the project. This position is based at the
University of Victoria, but includes opportunities for internships with
partner organizations in Ottawa (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing) and
Yellowknife (NWT Geological Survey).
This research project is part of PermafrostNet, a multi-sectorial
research network of twelve Canadian universities and more than 40
partner organisations. As a member of the network, the successful
applicant will have opportunities to engage with government (provincial,
federal, indigenous), industry, and international partners, as well as
graduate students and researchers from across Canada.
The University of Victoria and PermafrostNet are strongly committed to
fostering diversity as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and
social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to further
diversification including, but not limited to women; visible minorities;
First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and
persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your qualifications and
interest in this project, a complete CV, and unofficial transcripts to
Dr. Trevor Lantz (tlantz at uvic.ca). Questions should be directed to Dr.
Trevor Lantz (tlantz at uvic.ca) or Dr. Robert Fraser
(robert.fraser at canada.ca). The deadline for applications is October 30,
2019, but a range of start dates are possible (January 2019 to
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