Building Resilient Landscapes for Food, Energy, Water, and Ecosystem Services in America’s Original Megalopolis
The University of Connecticut is looking for Ph.D. candidates to begin Fall 2021 in a newly funded transdisciplinary training program. We will use the northeastern US megalopolis stretching from Boston to Washington, D.C. as a living laboratory to understand, predict, manage, and communicate risks to food, energy, water, and ecosystems in the face of global change. As part of the training program, trainees will work in diverse teams to predict and solve the wicked problems of the future in regions that are urbanizing and stretched to both provide the essentials for human wellbeing while maintaining the many benefits of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. We seek collaborative, driven, and creative students trained broadly in the environmental sciences for this National Science Foundation funded training program. We are especially interested in applicants from groups historically underrepresented in STEM, and/or whose life experiences or academic history will contribute to environmental justice perspectives in student teams.