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    Joint Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and National Park Service Research Fellowship

    The National Park Service and the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University are excited to announce the availability of a research fellowship focused on assessing the National Park Service’s capacity to develop and institutionalize visitor use and outdoor recreation resource management within the agency. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to work side-by-side National Park Service leadership in Washington, DC for a full semester during each year of their program. The other semesters will be spent taking coursework and working on research related to the fellowship in Logan, Utah. More information on the fellowship can be found here.

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    MS Research Assistantship: Hydroclimatology and Outdoor Recreation

    The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is currently accepting applications for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing an MS in Environment and Society, Geography, or Recreation Resource Management. The successful candidates will be focused on understanding how the spatial and temporal availability of freshwater resources affect where, when, and how individuals choose to participate in outdoor recreation or nature-based tourism. More information can be found here.

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    MS Research Assistantship: Meteorology and Outdoor Recreation

    The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is currently accepting applications for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing an MS focused on understanding how local meteorological conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc.) affect recreation use patterns in the North Fork of the Virgin River Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The WSA is part of the upper access to the deep, and very narrow, Zion Narrows gorge, which is a major attraction for visitors to Zion National Park. More information can be found here.

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    PhD Research Assistantship: Diversity, Cognitive Abilities, and Robustness of Social-Ecological Systems

    We are currently seeking a highly qualified candidate who is committed to pursuing a PhD focused on understanding feedbacks between cognitive abilities, making decisions in a group, and the management of natural resources. Candidates should be interested in learning a diverse set of theories from the social and natural sciences, experimental methods, and agent-based modeling. More information can be found here.

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    PhD Research Assistantship: Hydroclimatology and Outdoor Recreation

    The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is currently accepting applications for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing a PhD in Environment and Society or Ecology. The successful candidate will work on a variety of interdisciplinary research projects related to: 1) quantifying outdoor recreationists’ contingent behaviors in response to climate-related stressors; and 2) modeling the subsequent biogeophysical impacts of adaptive behavior. More information about the PhD assistantship can be found here.

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    PhD Research Assistantship: Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Protected Areas

    The Socio-Ecological Systems Lab at Utah State University is seeking an outstanding PhD student to join an interdisciplinary research team studying connectivity between national parks and surrounding socio-ecological systems. The successful applicant will enroll in USUs doctoral program in either Environment and Society or Ecology and will receive funding from a three-year assistantship to conduct social science research in and around five US national parks. More information on the fellowship can be found here.

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    PhD Research Assistantship: Social-Ecological Networks and Agent Based Modeling

    We are currently seeking a highly qualified candidate who is committed to pursuing a PhD focused on understanding feedback between the natural and human systems and the building blocks of successful natural resource management using multiple methods. Students should be interested in agent-based modeling, network analysis, and participatory modeling. More information can be found here.

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    Two PhD Research Assistantships: Reconstructing Water Use and the Evolution of Virtual Water Networks

    We are currently seeking two highly qualified candidates who are committed to pursuing a PhD focused on the food-energy-water nexus in the USA. The first assistantship involves reconstructing county-scale water uses in rainfed and irrigated agriculture by fusing data on land use and crop production with water use modeling. The second assistantship involves the development of agent-based models explaining the observed historical evolution of the US Food-Energy-Water system in response to shocks and stresses. Both positions are part of a large, multi-university interdisciplinary project. Qualified candidates should have a strong desire to engage in interdisciplinary research at the interface of natural and social sciences using qualitative and quantitative methods. More information can be found here.