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Open through 1 Feb: Recruiting new graduate student for fall 2023: Urban heat hazards

I am recruiting a graduate student for fall 2023 (preferably PhD-seeking, M.S. considered). The student would join our team investigating urban heat island/thermal dynamics in relation to surface cover, vegetation, irrigation, human health, and environmental justice in the Las Vegas metro area. This work is in association with a newly funded NASA ECOSTRESS award with collaborators at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Florida State University. This opportunity is ideally suited for a student with diverse interests in geography. Project activities could include: · Evaluating the effects of changing urban irrigation patterns and lawn removal incentives on land surface temperature, air temperature, and humidity using an experimental NASA remote sensing instrument · Identifying the most dangerous times and places for urban heat hazards affecting the health of people in one of the most rapidly growing urban areas in the country. · Engaging with diverse communities in the Las Vegas area to identify important community concerns and share project findings. A variety of skills and experiences may be applicable. While having any combination of these will be beneficial, the potential for development and growth is more important:

- Statistical analysis and modeling - Remote sensing - Urban climatology - Geospatial analysis - Coding (e.g. R, Python, Javascript) - Urban geography - Public health - Science communication/Community engagement - Spanish proficiency

The student would be funded primarily as a research assistant with secondary support opportunities as a teaching assistant. The PhD student stipend is currently $2000 per month (plus tuition offset & health benefits).

If interested, please send a “pre-application” as a single pdf document to including: a 1-2 pp letter explaining your background and interests, a CV or resumé, and contact information for least 3 references. Please enter “RA application [your surname]” in the subject field of the e-mail. Review of these is ongoing and I will do my best to respond individually n advance of the full Geography Graduate Program application due date of 1 February.

Our lab strives to maintain an inclusive and supportive environment and welcomes all applicants regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender-identity, physical ability, veteran status, or socio-economic status.

image of International Space Station looking down upon the Earth
The ECOSTRESS instrument on Japanese Experiment Module on International Space Station. Image source; NASA

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