Cryosphere Research Program, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University, Idaho

The cryosphere research program at Boise State University is looking for three graduate students to conduct research on mountain snow and glaciers as part of an interdisciplinary NASA EPSCoR program that will begin winter 2021.

The students will work closely with several faculty at Boise State as well as faculty at the University of Idaho to quantify and model variation in snow accumulation and melt in mountainous and glacierized terrain. They seek students that will align with one of three potential subject areas:

  1. Quantify the impact of topography and vegetation on the distribution of seasonal snow, and its impact on snowmelt timing.
  2. Improve empirical and numerical models of snow accumulation and snow and ice melt in mountain regions using ICESat-2 observations.
  3. Develop a workflow to design sparse, efficient in-situ observational networks to minimize uncertainties in basin-scale meltwater flux estimates from remotely sensed and modeled data.

Additional funded graduate projects focused on the application of a variety of geophysical methods to measure mountain snowpack and associated hazards will soon be available as well. Details on these additional positions will be posted here. The program seeks students with broad backgrounds to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research while completing degrees in Geophysics, Geoscience, Hydrology, or Scientific Computing. The professional development of students will be supported through a variety of research and engagement activities. These include opportunities to design and conduct field investigations in Idaho and Alaska and gain formal and informal training in science education. The interdisciplinary scientists trained through participation in this project will be provided with the resources and connections needed to meet their professional goals. *Three year fully-funded student positions are available starting as early as January 2021, so applications will be evaluated as they are received.*

The program welcomes and encourages applicants with backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM and Earth Sciences. Note that graduate programs in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State do not require or consider GRE scores in admissions. Check out the Boise State Graduate College , as well as the Department of Geosciences and PhD in Computing program websites, for information about the university and graduate degree programs.

Please contact Dr. Ellyn Enderlin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information about the available positions and/or to set-up an informal remote interview. Additional information about the Enderlin Glaciology Group can also be found here.


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