University of Florida PhD Assistantship – Effects of Dams on Riverine Ecohydrology and Ecosystem Services in the Amazon

University of Florida PhD Assistantship – Effects of Dams on Riverine Ecohydrology and Ecosystem Services in the Amazon

The Watershed Ecology Lab (www.watershedecology.org) at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a 4-year PhD assistantship focused on the effects of hydropower development on riverine ecohydrology and ecosystem services (ES) provisioning in tropical river systems, with a focus on the Amazon basin. The selected student will apply observational and modeling approaches to develop and apply new methods to quantify hydrologic alteration and connect altered ecohydrology to ES by linking watershed and ES models/data. Expected scientific outcomes include new and improved tools for hydrologic impacts assessment, an improved understanding of the impacts of hydropower on ES in a globally important watershed, and a strong network of international research collaborators.

Applicants should have a master’s degree and quantitative expertise in watershed hydrology and modeling, ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, environmental engineering, soil science, or a related field. Ideal applicants will have strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills (as evidenced by publications and national/international conference presentations), and demonstrated success in pursuing research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience in science communication is a plus, as is proficiency in written and spoken Portuguese and/or Spanish.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants should email Dr. David Kaplan by November 15th, 2017 with a copy of their CV and a brief statement (

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. David Kaplan (dkaplan@ufl.edu).

Contact information:
David Kaplan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering Sciences Department
Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment
Phone: (352) 392-8439, Fax: (352) 392-3624
dkaplan@ufl.edu
www.watershedecology.org