National Needs Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Environmental Justice for Future Leaders in Forestry and Environmental Resources

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State is recruiting three Ph.D. Fellows from diverse backgrounds for an innovative opportunity integrating environmental justice theory, practice, and methods with hands-on training, including community-based internships and an international experience. This program is funded by the USDA-NIFA National Needs Fellowship and is expected to begin in Fall 2021.

Potential mentors span expertise in forestry, ecology, human exposure, hydrology, geosciences, and social sciences. Members of the mentoring team are: Dr. Ryan Emanuel, Dr. Shaefny Grays, Dr. Madhusudan Katti, Dr. Katie Martin, Dr. Jennifer Richmond-Bryant, and, Dr. Louie Rivers.

Prospective students should complete the NNF Interest Form and should expect follow-up in 1-2 weeks.

For additional questions contact:

Recruiting: Ecohydrology Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Sunrise view in the Rocky Mountains.

The Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab seeks a postdoctoral research scholar to lead a field experiment to study tree water storage using stable isotopes.

The postdoctoral scholar will have a key role in an NSF-funded project focused on tree water transport and storage using a variety of methods, including sap flow, dendrometry, and stable isotope tracers. The potential exists to explore other research questions within the larger, collaborative project and the larger aims of the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab. Field work is expected to take place at the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory in Idaho.

This individual is expected to collaborate with other students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at North Carolina State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Georgia.

The postdoctoral scholar will participate in a related education and outreach partnership aimed at broadening participation of Indigenous peoples in ecohydrology and integrating Indigenous knowledges and ecohydrology in the Mountain West. Examples of participation include guest lecturing or assisting with a future field course based at Reynolds Creek, and interacting with visiting faculty from partner institutions.

Field work is expected to take place in Idaho and may require substantial driving. A North Carolina driver’s license or the ability to obtain a North Carolina driver’s license is preferred. The position is expected to last two years. A PhD in a relevant discipline is required at the time of appointment. Preferred starting date is January 2021.

For more details and to apply for this position, visit the NC State University job portal.

Recruiting for Fall 2020

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Image

American Indian population by census tract along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route (excerpt).

Our group seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with interests in assessing impacts of climate change and land use change on terrestrial water and carbon cycles and/or evaluating datasets and methodologies used for environmental justice policy. The position will begin Fall 2020 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

The selected applicant will join a research group studying the implications of environmental processes for society, especially vulnerable communities struggling with legacies of environmental degradation and inequity. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making.Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty  faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

Spatial units of the SWAT hydrological model for the Lumbee River watershed.

To apply, complete the application at Applicants should hold a degree in natural resources, geography, environmental studies, or a related discipline. Students interested in developing projects in collaboration with Indigenous communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To discuss specific research interests, contact Ryan Emanuel and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ( or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.