Weekly Update (2/12/2024)

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Funding Opportunities

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Events

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Christopher B. Barrett | 9 AM, Feb 15, 2024 | Virtual

    Dr. Christopher B. Barrett is a leading agricultural and development economist at Cornell University, the Stephen and Janice Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, an International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. He is co-editor-in-chief of Food Policy, edits the book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an editorial board member for the PNAS. He is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. His lecture is entitled “Agrifood Systems Innovations to Boost Human and Environmental Resilience to Shocks”. Please do a simple registration to receive the zoom link.

  • CEE Seminar: Managing Water Through Impact Exchanges by Mark Milke | 3-4 PM, Feb 15, 2024 | Engineering Building 3540

    Water regulation typically places limits on quality/quantity for each individual user while making an assumption about their aggregated impact on the environment. What if, instead, regulations placed limits on environmental impact, and then allowed users to find creative and adjustable ways to jointly meet those limits? The book Smart Markets for Water Resources sets out the underlying concepts. All users receive a share in the allowed impact, and each have unique coefficients set for their impact that vary in space and time. Users are able to exchange their impact quota through an exchange resulting in prices on the impact, providing an incentive to reduce impact and improving the quality of debate on the proper impact limits. The system relies on advances in environmental modelling, linear programming, real-time monitoring, and software systems. The seminar will show the concept applied to irrigation networks, river salinity, and groundwater extraction.

  • PLB Seminar features Susannah Lerman | 2:30 PM, Feb 16, 2024 | PLB 247 and Zoom

    The PLB Friday Seminar will feature a talk from Dr. Susannah Lerman, of USDA- Forest Service. The title of her talk is “Humanity for Habitat: Saving Nature at Home”. The event will take place at PLB 247 at 2:30 PM on February 16, 2024, or online at https://msu.zoom.us/j/93122298084 Passcode: 800352 Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Baruch Fischhoff | 9 AM, Feb 22, 2024 | Virtual

    Baruch Fischhoff of Carnegie Mellon University will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 am (ET) on Thursday, February 22, 2024. His lecture is entitled “Environmental Science and Behavioral Science Need One Another”.

    Dr. Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a leading interdisciplinary scholar and has been recognized by numerous prestigious honors and awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences & National Academy of Medicine, past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making & Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. A simple registration is needed to receive the zoom link.

  • Climate Change and Human Migration | Mar 18-19, 2024

    Climate change and its impacts—from sustained droughts to severe flooding to more intense storms—have significant effects on people. These impacts are showing more and more potential to temporarily and permanently displace people within affected regions. Join the National Academies for a workshop exploring how an Earth systems science approach could be used to address climate change impacts and their influence on human migration, building on the 2021 report Next Generation Earth Systems Science at the National Science Foundation.

Job and Training Opportunities

  • Summer International Water Research Experience in Rwanda | Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

    Professor Mekonnen Gebremichael, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to join him in an NSF Funded international water research project on agricultural water use in the Nile River Basin in Rwanda. All expenses will be paid. Students will be mentored in their research and assisted in making presentations and writing articles about research results after coming back from the research trip. It is a terrific opportunity for people interested in international water in the world’s longest river system. Preferred (but not restricted to) programs of study/academic background: Civil engineering, Environmental sciences, Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Agricultural engineering, International development, Rural development, Public policy. For questions, contact iresnile@seas.ucla.edu.

  • CSTAT Research Assistant position | Deadline: 5 PM Feb 16, 2024

    The Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT) will be interviewing applicants for Summer 2024 (05/16/2024–08/15/2024) and Fall 2024 (08/16/2024–12/31/2024) Research Assistant (RA) positions, with possible continuation into future semesters depending on performance, staffing needs, and available funding. These RA positions are an excellent opportunity to get experience doing applied statistics, developing consulting skills, learning from experienced mentors, and expanding professional networks.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Value, Identity, Behavior and Environment at University of Vermont | Deadline March 18, 2024

    The Gund Institute for Environment at University of Vermont is recruiting an exceptional postdoctoral researcher for the project titled “Starting with behavior’ to understand links between pro-environmental behavior, values, and identity.” We seek a creative, motivated postdoctoral fellow for a project that investigates interactions between pro-environmental behavior, identity, and values – with an approach that flips the standard research paradigm by ‘starting with behavior’. The study will explore, via a set of three experiments, whether taking action leads to changes in values and identity and begins a positive feedback loop. Specifically, we will measure whether participants who engage in easily identifiable pro-environmental behaviors exhibit subsequent changes in environmental identity, values, and engagement in other pro-environmental behaviors (i.e., behavioral “spillover”). Apply online at https://www.uvm.edu/gund/postdoctoral-fellowships