We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic PhD student starting in the spring semester 2022 to join a project on hillslope evolution modelling. The project is supported by an NSF-CAREER grant and leverages a unique opportunity to test hillslope evolution models against statewide LiDAR datasets measured a decade apart. Different models of hillslope erosion-deposition will be evaluated for their ability to represent realized topographic change. Special consideration will be given to the uncertainty in the elevation data and the potential need to calibrate analysis scale of input variables.
Successful candidates will have a background in physical geography, geomorphology, soil science, or closely related field. Valuable skills include spatial analysis as well as scripting in Python, R, and/or MATLAB.
The student will be part of the Geospatial Laboratory for Soil Informatics (glsi.agron.iastate.edu) at Iowa State University. Our lab is an eclectic team sharing a common goal of advancing quantitative approaches to soil geomorphology. Students have access to strong computational resources, field sampling equipment, and a variety of actively eroding landscapes.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Bradley Miller (email@example.com) with their questions about this opportunity.