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Ph.D. student in Natural Resources Management

Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) at West Virginia University
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
West Virginia
Location Detail:
Morgantown, WV
Job Description:

The Ph.D. student will work under the supervision of Dr. Shawn Grushecky and Dr. Jamie Schuler at the Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. This project focuses on large-scale forest, water, and wildlife management, aiming to develop systems of checks and balances for carbon, biodiversity, and other nature-based credits.

The student will contribute to enhancing carbon management activities and carbon accounting to support public companies in achieving sustainability and net-zero goals. Research techniques will include (but are not limited to) landscape analysis, watershed-based modeling, remote sensing, spatial decision support, and economic development analysis.

The successful candidate will be exposed to a wide range of skills, data collection methods, and analytical tools. All research conducted at NRAC will include the dissemination of findings to partners as part of the graduate responsibilities.

  • A BS in ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife science, natural resource management, or a suitable equivalent at a minimum; preferred candidates will have an MS.
  • Demonstrated experience in written and verbal communication.
  • Basic understanding of GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analysis.

Tuition waiver

How to Apply:

Contact Dr. Shawn Grushecky ( or Dr. Jamie Schuler ( with applications. 

Applications should include 

  1. A cover letter
  2. References
  3. A CV; all components should be merged into a single PDF document. 

Please contact them with any questions or inquiries about the position.

Application reviews will begin on July 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

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