Student Opportunities

Each year the Environmental Management program expects to have 3-4 university-funded doctoral fellowships available for new students. In addition, program faculty recruit students for grant-funded fellowships, as listed below.

Please note: applications are due January 15 for students seeking to begin the program in the following Fall semester. Begin your application.

Doctoral student position available: NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE).

Dr. Mark Chopping in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies is seeking an Environmental Management doctoral student to work on a research project contributing to NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). The goal of the research is to use semi-automated methods in the interpretation of high resolution imagery in order to assess changes in cover and aboveground biomass of shrubs in ~200 sites across the Alaskan and Canadian erect dwarf-shrub and low-shrub Arctic tundra zones over a 10- to 15-year period.

Applicants must have a masters degree in a scientific discipline with a focus on quantitative skills. Experience/expertise in image processing methods, GIS and Remote Sensing, and computer programming are highly desired. 

Support: Stipend of approximately $20,000 per academic year, plus tuition.

The project involves

  • Assessing imagery availability using catalogues
  • locating sites
  • generating high resolution canopy maps and statistics from the application of the PI's CANAPI algorithm with high resolution imagery
  • development of remote sensing products (with the Principal Investigator)
  • compilation of canopy statistics at the scales of NASA/US remote sensing instruments (Landsat, MODIS, MISR, VIIRS)
  • co-ordination with project collaborators
  • evaluation of the accuracy and precision of results.
  • manuscript preparation.

Note: This position may or may not involve travel to the Arctic; this is not a requirement of this position. 

About the ABoVE Program

NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Campaign: The ABoVE campaign will take place in Alaska and western Canada during the next 5 to 8 years. ABoVE will seek a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to this changing environment, as Climate change in the Arctic and Boreal region is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth, resulting in reduced Arctic sea ice, thawing of permafrost soils, decomposition of long-frozen organic matter, widespread changes to lakes, rivers, coastlines, and alterations of ecosystem structure and function.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Mark Chopping, Ph.D.

Department of Earth & Environmental Studies
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043