2 Openings at HydroEcology of Anthropogenic Landscapes (HEAL@KGS) Research Group
Position 1: USDA M.S. student (start in summer/fall 2022)
This position will support an M.S. student interested in developing improved water management decision support systems such as groundwater models. The student will lead groundwater modeling efforts on USDA-funded project seeking to better understand how groundwater model structure and results are represented, understood, and interpreted by water managers and water user decision-making, with a particular focus on the importance of uncertainty. Within the project, the M.S. research will relate uncertainty in groundwater model predictions to key management indicators such as surface and groundwater availability, and and work closely with other project students and researchers to connect these outcomes to water management and decision support. This position will be fully supported through a graduate research assistantship. The primary project collaborators are Chloe Wardropper (Idaho) and Adam Zwickle (Michigan State).
Position 2: Environmental Social Science Graduate Student Position – Groundwater and Agriculture Decision-Making We are seeking a PhD student or M.S. student to conduct social science research with an interdisciplinary team studying how farmers, water managers, and scientists understand and use groundwater models to support water use decisions. This graduate assistantship will provide salary support for up to three years through research assistantship funding from USDA, with additional funding for a PhD student through two years of teaching assistantship, as well as all tuition, fees, and healthcare. The social science graduate student will be advised by Dr. Chloe Wardropper at University of Idaho and work in close collaboration with the two co-Investigators, Dr. Adam Zwickle at Michigan State University and Dr. Sam Zipper at University of Kansas and Kansas Geological Survey and a hydrology-focused graduate student at KU.