Ad for prospective students:
I am looking for a PhD student who could start in Fall 2023. A non-comprehensive list of potential projects is below:
Monitoring changes in groundwater storage with remotely sensed measurements and machine learning
Mapping land subsidence due to groundwater extraction using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data; this includes processing and analysis of the InSAR data
Building groundwater models using electromagnetic data (such as those acquired with this) and remotely sensed measurements
Relating biophysical models of water, plant and soil to remotely sensed measurements
Modeling sinkholes using geophysical and hydrologic data
Students with a strong academic record, as well as an interest in hydrology, are encouraged to apply. An undergraduate degree in civil, environmental, or electrical engineering, or earth sciences, as well as a strong quantitative background are required. Some experience programming in python, MATLAB or R is strongly recommended. Experience working with large geospatial datasets in a programming environment is preferred. Experience with processing InSAR data, near-surface geophysical datasets, and groundwater modeling are not expected, but would strengthen the application.
Successful applicants will join the Civil and Environmental Engineer Department at Colorado State University. CSU has one of the strongest hydrology programs in the country, and there are many opportunities for advanced coursework in hydrology, as well as collaborative opportunities with students and faculty, and resources for those interested in remote sensing of hydrologic processes, including state-of-the art geophysical equipment and computational resources.
Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It has a vibrant downtown, is very biker-friendly and has several museums and theatres. There are abundant outdoor opportunities nearby, with foothills minutes from campus, and Rocky Mountain National Park an hour drive away. The Denver airport is also just an hour away.
Interested students should fill out the form found on this link. One recommendation for interested students: I feel that reading and understanding scientific papers is a very important skillset for scientists. There's an optional question in the form to choose a paper from my publications page and answer some questions about it. I would encourage you to do that, read it carefully and provide a thoughtful response.
Career opportunities for my students:
- Tech industry. Big data is more than a buzzword--startups that use satellite data to understand the earth are popping up everywhere, and they need people with the quantitative skills as well as an earth science background to understand the data.
- Environmental consulting. Putting hydrologic knowledge into practice. These jobs will be around for as long as we need water.
- Oil and gas industry. The geophysical and fluid flow skills my research focuses on translate easily to oil and gas.
- Academia. Lots of work, lots of fun. Typically this requires a good postdoc.
- Research labs. Many students go this route. Arguably a better work-life balance than academia, but you can still do interesting research.