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Graduate Research Assistantships in Physical Geography, Hillslope Hydrology, and Fluvial Geomorphology


An interdisciplinary research team at Kansas State University seeks applications from potential Master's and Ph.D. candidates to conduct field-based and laboratory research related to non-point source (NPS) pollution at Fort Riley, Kansas.  Non-point source pollution has been called the nation's largest water-quality problem.  Military training activities significantly alter land surfaces and may contribute to increased NPS pollution that results in military installations being out of compliance with the Clean Water Act and related laws.  The objective of this research is to identify sources of NPS pollution resulting from military activities, to assess the impact of this pollution on surface water quality, and provide military commanders with the information and tools necessary to reduce the impact of training on water quality.

Three graduate research assistantships are available, as early as May, 2003, where students can earn an annual stipend of $15,000 to $20,000, out-of-state tuition waiver, and travel to professional conferences.  Specific positions include:  1) Environmental/ Ecological engineer (at the Master's degree or Ph.D. level) to assess the impact of riparian buffer zones on NPS pollution mitigation through a comprehensive field study and model development; 2) Physical geographer (Master's or Ph.D.) to use innovative GIS and satellite remote sensing techniques to link training-related disturbance to land cover change and quantify its  impact on surface water quality at watershed scale; and 3) Geologist (Master's) to work on fluvial geomorphology, including watershed mapping, study of fluvial geomorphic history, and establishment of sediment and channel-change monitoring stations.

Kansas State University is the land-grant university for the state of Kansas, and is located in the tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills.  See for information about the university and the Departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Geography, and Geology.  For more information, please contact Dr. J.M. Shawn Hutchinson, Department of Geography, 118 Seaton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3201 (785.532.6727;  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Kansas State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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November 1, 2002