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Project Opportunities

Use the following key to help find the type of project opportunity you are looking for:

  • INT = Internship
  • U.G. Thesis = Undergraduate Senior Thesis Research
  • 599 = M.S. Non-Thesis Project
  • M.S. Thesis = M.S. Thesis Research
  • Ph.D. = Doctoral Research

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Internship Packets

Projects

MNR or MS Assistantship through the Wéetespeme Stewardship Program:

Culturally Relevant STEM Immersion for Tribally-Led Adaptive Management

Overview

The Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), alongside the Blues to Bitterroots Coalition (B2B) and the University of Idaho, seeks a graduate student to support a National Science Foundation funded grant that will provide scientific training, on-the-ground work experience, culturally relevant STEM learning, and mentorship to Indigenous young adults.

We seek a team member as a graduate research assistant on the project. The graduate research assistantship includes tuition, fees and health insurance valued at approximately $24,000, and a living stipend of approximately $23,400 over one year. The position will assist project leaders in developing and implementing a summer-long curriculum for high school students and young adults to gain practical skills in Tribally-led adaptive management practices with the Nez Perce Tribe. We seek a team member who is familiar with Nez Perce cultural traditions and practices who has experience working in educational settings with young adults. This position will be housed in McCall, Idaho, at the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus. Successful applicants will join a cohort of graduate students to complete a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) in Environmental Education and Science Communication in one year (three semesters) (www.uidaho.edu/moss). Alternatively, a successful candidate may choose to extend their studies by one semester to complete an MS in Environmental Science.

To inquire about this position, send your resume and a 1-page letter describing your qualifications and career objectives by March 1, 2022 to Dr. Karla Eitel (keitel@uidaho.edu). Applicants may also discuss the position with Josiah Pinkham (josiahp@nezperce.org) and Tiyana Casey (casey.tiyana@gmail.com). After initial inquiries, full applications should be completed on the University of Idaho Graduate Admissions website. Positions will start in August 2022. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Erik R. Coats, Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Idaho, is seeking a highly motivated student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. focused around SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance and, more broadly, wastewater based epidemiology with an emphasis on biological indicators. Candidates will be considered who are interested in earning their Ph.D. in environmental engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, or bioinformatics/modeling.

Candidates must have:

  1. an earned M.S. degree in environmental engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or bioinformatics/modeling;
  2. research experience applying molecular biology methods and procedures; and
  3. demonstrated experience conducting independent research.

Preferred qualifications: demonstrated knowledge of biological wastewater treatment practices; research on mixed microbial consortia associated with wastewater treatment; and experience applying PCR and qPCR for genomic and transcriptomic analysis.

Strong communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary.

Coats conducts research in a highly interdisciplinary environment; his team is currently co-leading a team of Idaho laboratories focused on SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance across the state of Idaho as part of a CDC effort.

Interested candidates should email Prof. Coats at ecoats@uidaho.edu. Provide a CV and cover letter.

We are seeking a PhD student interested in studying mechanisms and species of phosphorus in soil amended with recycled phosphorus. The research will focus on recovery and reuse of phosphorus from dairies in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Applicants should have a MS degree and experience in analytical chemistry (including molecular-level analysis) and soil science. Position will begin in Fall 2022. Graduate school requirements are posted at the University of Idaho, College of Graduate Studies website (https://www.uidaho.edu/admissions/graduate). Please direct questions to Dan Strawn dgstrawn@uidaho.edu. Application review will start in February 2022.

(Faculty contact: Kenneth Wallen):

    • Conduct conservation or fish and wildlife management research through the lens of human behavior. Work on projects that produce actionable insights from rigorous psychological, sociological, and behavioral science inquiry with observational, experimental, and survey methods. Explore the nature of and reasons for environmentally significant behavior; contribute to conservation or fish and wildlife management via insights into human behavioral patterns and processes. Projects may be in partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

 (faculty contact: Leona Svancara):

Nearly 85% of Idaho's vertebrate animals are classified as nongame wildlife; if you include invertebrates and plants, almost 98% of the state's native species are not hunted, fished, or trapped. Focusing on the highest priority at-risk species, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Diversity Program works to maintain state management authority and help prevent species from becoming listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Students interested in a senior thesis, non-thesis research project, and/or internship will work with IDFG staff and UI faculty to develop specific objectives as needed. Several potential projects may be available such as assisting with revision and implementation of various aspects of the State Wildlife Action Plan, addressing climate change effects on species and/or habitats, and contributing to educational materials for citizen scientists and the public.

(Faculty contact: Greg Latta):
Projects involve developing and modifying models linking the forest resource base with forest product markets to evaluate the potential effectiveness of natural resource, energy, and climate policies. Examples include:

    • Projecting changes in rates of U.S. forest carbon sequestration and/or emissions in response to differing macroeconomic futures.
    • Evaluating the potential delivered wood cost effects of an expansion of wood-based bioenergy or mass timber production.
    • Exploring how policy focus when changing federal harvest rates affects private timber supply and fire risk mitigation.

(Faculty contact: J.D. Wulfhorst):
Projects examine the ecosystem service challenges to provision resources needed for food and forage production while attending to resource conservation and sustainability needs. Research designs may have case sites as well as connectivity within LTAR – the Long Term Agroecosystem Research network. Examples include:

    • Investigating trends of rural community stability and cohesion in food production landscapes grappling with challenges of emigration, climate fluctuation, and new social risks (e.g., opioids).
    • Examining core indicators of rural prosperity and community well-being tied to risks and sustainability within the U.S. food production system. Focal areas may concentrate on rangelands or crop production aspects of food and fiber demands.
    • Design of secondary data analyses to construct an ‘atlas’ of human dimensions aspects within services and tradeoffs of agroecosystems. Outcomes of this approach will concentrate on measurable impacts within sustainable intensification as the long term network evolves.

 

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Environmental Science Program

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139

Phone: 208-885-6113

Email: envs@uidaho.edu

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