Three years of funding is available for a student to study cryospheric processes in High Mountain Asia and downstream impacts of cryospheric change, including impacts on groundwater, ecosystems, and agriculture. In addition to studying the role of groundwater in High Mountain Asia, the student will also contribute to remote sensing processing efforts specific to the GRACE satellite mission. This project is supported by NASA to develop an integrated assessment tool for High Mountain Asia. Competitive applicants will have modeling and programming experience, especially applied to hydrologic sciences, groundwater and/or Earth system processes. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The position will begin at Washington State University in Pullman, WA in January 2017. Interested students should contact email@example.com for more information.
DUE DATES: Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2016 – October 20, 2016
The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.
By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
PROSSER, Wash. – People may notice a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington vineyards this summer, but don’t worry. Doing work for science, it is fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The drone, or unmanned aerial system (UAS), is an eight-rotor “octo-copter.” It uses high tech cameras to assess the status of plant health known as “canopy vigor” and relate that to irrigation water use and evaporation from grapevines. The flights are part of a long-term Washington State University study on subsurface irrigation in vineyards.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Julie Padowski, clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, has found that the loss of land cover around cities has increased pollution and raised the cost of water treatment.
Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she and coauthors say 90 percent of large cities around the world have lost natural land cover to agriculture and development since 1900.
The degradation of watersheds has affected water-treatment costs for nearly one-third of the more than 300 cities in the study. The affected cities saw operation and maintenance costs rise by more than half.
Padowski does research in the Water Research Center and Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach at WSU.
Leading the study was Robert McDonald, a scientist for the Nature Conservancy. His colleagues are Padowski and Katherine Weber of Yale University.
An abstract of the paper is available here. The Washington Post writes about the research here.
The Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award recognizes outstanding impact on agricultural and related policy, based on sound foundations in economic theory. The purpose of the Award is to encourage sound economic analysis of public policy issues that provides timely and relevant information for more effective public policy and program discussions relating to national or internationally relevant policy issues. The award is intended to focus attention on important efforts in research, education or public service, which facilitate the policy process and improve public performance and understanding. A maximum of one award is given annually. For more information, see
The Columbia River Long Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast project team is preparing an updated long-term water supply and demand forecast for the Washington Department of Ecology, Office of Columbia River and would like your feedback. The Forecast team includes researchers from Washington State University, University of Utah, Aspect Consulting, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This forecast, updated for the Washington Legislature every five years, provides a generalized, system-wide assessment of how future environmental and economic conditions are likely to change water supply and demand by 2035.
The team will host a series of FREE public workshops June 21st – June 23rd in Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and Spokane. The purpose of these workshops is to share preliminary results from the 2016 Water Supply and Demand Forecast, provide an opportunity for public feedback and interaction, and gather input on possible improvements for the 2021 Forecast.
What to Expect:
• Presentations from researchers introducing the methodologies used and preliminary results found
• Q&A sessions with the researchers
• Open house, with time to explore results further and provide comments on the draft results
6/21 Tri-Cities – 1:30-4:30pm: WSU Tri Cities, CIC Rooms 120/120A, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA
6/22 Wenatchee – 8:30-11:30am: WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Overley Laboratory Building, Meeting Room 102 (Large Conference Room) 1100 N. Western Ave. Wenatchee, WA
6/23 Spokane – 8:30-11:30am: Enduris Training Facility, Training Room, 1610 S. Technology Blvd. Spokane, WA
RSVP not required but appreciated for planning purposes: email your name, contact information, and date/location you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-663-8181 ext. 265. Those who RSVP will also receive links to the draft and final reports when available.
This is a paid internship and carries a stipend of $6000.
Eligibility: This internship is available to current or recent graduate students in the aquatic sciences. Applicants from outside the US are eligible to apply but are responsible for obtaining appropriate paperwork to work in the U.S.
Timing: The internship will begin in mid-September and last 14 weeks.
Applications: To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, email@example.com. Applications must be received by midnight EST, June 10, 2016.
Cover letter (2 pages max) stating your communication interests and what you feel you can contribute to ASLO’s Policy, Education and Outreach programs.
Resume including a list of relevant coursework
A letter of support from an academic advisor or other mentor (sent directly by the reference toSponberg@aslo.org)
Questions about the internship should be sent to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new certificate builds on the foundation provided by the National Science Foundation Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE) IGERT program that provided students with rigorous multidisciplinary training in C and N cycling and an integrated view of C and N science coupled with the ability to effectively communicate with public policy makers.
The goal of this program is to give graduate students a critical scientific understanding of the elemental cycles and understand how scientific research informs policy needed to address environmental and global change issues. Participants in this program will receive hands-on training to improve their communication skills and opportunities to practice bridging the gap between biophysical science and policy creation and implementation.
A limited number of graduate Research Assistantships are available for students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College and Arts and Sciences, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.
The event will feature a panel discussion of water resources professionals and a session of speed networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Advice and mentorship from professionals provides students with the information they need to make informed career decisions.
To register for this event, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/5ILVg8Vr4d
Professionals interested in volunteering, please contact the AWRA-WA Student Chapter at email@example.com. Thank you!