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Research Assistantship for a Master's Degree in Remote Sensing of Forest Health Trends
Using remote sensing to quantify and understand trends in northeastern forest health over the past 25 years
This Northern States Research Cooperative supported Research Assistantship is to assess forest cover and health trends over the last 25 years for a region stretching from southern Maine to northern New York State. Multi-temporal Landsat imagery will be used to predict forest health on a landscape scale. These multi-temporal products can then be used to examine long term trends in forest health and classify forested areas as to their relative sensitivity to environmental stressors. These maps will provide the basis for a quantitative examination of land use change, forest sensitivity, and forest decline trends over time. Gaining a better quantitative understanding of regional scale forest health issues will assist land managers and policy makers in decision-making when faced by current or future threats to our forest's health.
Research Assistantship for a Master's Degree in Remote Sensing of Forest Health Trends (pdf)
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USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowships
This project seeks funding for multicultural fellowships in the Targeted Expertise Shortage Area of Forest Resources. Given globalization, with its large scale movement of biota (especially pests and pathogens) and global climate change, which predisposes ecosystems to instability and invasion, forest ecosystem health issues have increased in both number and complexity. However, coincident with these global changes, scientific capacities in the most critical disciplines for addressing these issues are declining. The proposed Multicultural Graduate Fellowship Program will help fill this growing gap by training scientifically and culturally competent forest health practitioners and scientists, specifically targeting underrepresented groups that bring diverse perspectives and experience needed to tackle real-world problems. Our growing conservation and natural resources faculty (Discipline Code C) encompasses forest ecosystem health-related expertise that crosses and integrates disciplines and scales -- i.e. natural sciences to social and political science; cellular to global scales. Our approach to environmental education includes the integration of basic scientific research with social, economic, policy, and management implications. This approach to educating the next generation of environmental researchers, professionals and leaders is essential to managing functioning forest ecosystems in a human dominated landscape. We see this fellowship program as a path to address the national need to develop a greater diversity of perspectives and techniques to address pressing issues of forest ecosystem health.
Full Fellowships for Master's Degrees for Multicultural Graduate Students in Forest and Ecosystem Health (pdf)



Graduate Study at The Rubenstein School

The Rubenstein School is a multi-disciplinary academic unit that strives to integrate disparate disciplines to create knowledge and develop solutions to a broad array of environmental issues. Faculty expertise includes forestry, wildlife biology, recreation management, environmental philosophy, sociology, policy, planning, economics, conflict resolution, and environmental sciences. In addition, interdisciplinary fields like ecological economics, ecological design, conservation biology, and ecological planning find their home in The Rubenstein School. With over 100 graduate students currently enrolled, the School is a vibrant place for learning about and conducting research on many of the pressing issues of our times.
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