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Ecological and Environmental Engineering Fellowship

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 Ecological and Environmental Engineering (EEE) Fellowship Program at Purdue

 

Program Description

Four Ph.D. Fellows are sought in the area of Ecological and Environmental Engineering (EEE) via the Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Area of National Need (GAANN) program.  The Purdue EEE-GAANN provides PhD students with funds to cover tuition as well as an annual need-based stipend of up to $30,000. Three departments at Purdue are participating: Forestry and Natural Resources, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering. The Purdue EEE-GAANN focuses on four main thematic areas: (1) water and the environment; (2) wildlife ecology; (3) restoration ecology and (4) ecosystem ecology.  Students will receive instruction in GIS, remote sensing or spatial modeling as well as training in teaching and working with natural resource-based stakeholder groups and government agencies. As part of the program, GAANN faculty from the Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering will participate in special cross-disciplinary seminar courses in sustainability science, teaching of science and engineering, and communicating scientific research to the public.

Thematic Areas

GAANN faculty collectively conduct research on important areas of research related to ecology and environmental engineering. These areas, briefly described below, will form the central areas of research for our GAANN Fellows:

(1) Water and the Environment.   Purdue has tremendous expertise the hydrological/hydraulic modeling and application of these tools to policy and natural resource management. GAANN students will be able to participate in these and future collaborations to learn how spatial data, models and decision support tools can be used to understand how human impacts change water dynamics and water chemistry.

(2) Wildlife Ecology.  The wildlife group in Purdue’s FNR department was ranked the top wildlife group in the country in 2002. Many GAANN Faculty employ spatial tools like GIS, spatial statistics and remote sensing (satellite imagery and tracking of animals using telemetry).  Research on soundscape ecology; individual based models that incorporate behavior, energetic and ecological characteristics to understand how changes in the environment alter animal behavior and fish ecology.

(3) Restoration Ecology.  Several faculty work in the area of restoration ecology.   Research is being conducted in tall grass prairies across the Midwest and Central Plains of the United States, climate change impacts on plant species diversity and the restoration of wetlands in large cities.

(4) Ecosystem Ecology. Many GAANN Faculty currently active in this field are attempting to understand the relationship between energy and element flow in ecosystems and the various "state factors" that control this flow, including the local climate, the species present in a system and their interactions with one another, the successional state of the community, the soil types present, their ages, the parent materials from which they are derived, and the topography underlying the system.

(5) Spatial Modeling, GIS and Remote Sensing. Nearly all GAANN faculty rely on spatial data to conduct their research.  The advent of spatial technologies has created an explosion of opportunities for ecologists and environmental scientists to study their systems in a spatially explicit way and to use this as inputs to models.  GAANN students will be provided with considerable opportunities to develop strong skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial models.

Application Process

Students that are interested in the program must apply to graduate programs in one of the three sponsoring departments (Forestry and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering) by January 15, 2010 for consideration for Fall 2010 admission.  Students are encouraged to contact or more of the GAANN faculty listed below to determine if they are willing to sponsor your application. Inquiries about the program can be directed to Bryan Pijanowski (bpijanow@purdue.edu). Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.  We especially seek applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in science and/or engineering, which include women.

List of the GAANN Faculty and Their Interests Include:

GAANN Faculty Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specific Areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pijanowski, Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor and Program Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land use systems and GIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hook, Tomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sepulveda, Marisol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR & CE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquatic ecotoxicology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goforth, Reuben

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquatic community ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dukes, Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR & BIOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecosystem ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowe, Helen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zollner, Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shao, Guofan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Ecology and remote sensing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zhang, Hao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR & STT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spatial statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhodes, O "Gene"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troy, Cary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land hydraulic modeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merwade, Venkatesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydraulic and hydrologic engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherkauer, Keith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrologic modeling & remote sensing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaubey, Indrajeet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABE & EAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land use and runoff modeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swihart, Robert (E,*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor and Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engel, Bernie (E,*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor and Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrologic modeling & decision support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rao, Suresh (E,*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CE & AGRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrologic modeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.