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I received this via email and thought I'd pass it along in case anyone is interested in resource geography. Montana State has a terrific geography department.



Dear colleagues:

I am currently recruiting for two Graduate Research Assistant positions in our growing resource geography program at Montana State. One position will focus explicitly on oil and gas and rural community development, the other will work on one of several ongoing projects involving political ecology of wildlife in Montana. I greatly appreciate your help in promoting this opportunity to your students and networks. Both MSc or PhD level applications will be considered for both positions.


Oil & Gas and Community Development
The project involves Montana State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wyoming and is supported by USDA NIFA funding. Research and extension activities will focus on the intersection of energy development opportunities with community and agricultural sustainability challenges in rural areas that host unconventional oil and gas drilling in the Marcellus (Pennsylvania), the Bakken (Montana and North Dakota), and the Upper Green River (Wyoming) regions. The project is an excellent opportunity to cultivate skills and expertise in resource geography, energy policy, community development, and applied research.

The Graduate Research Assistant at Montana State will perform project coordination duties, conduct literature reviews and background research, field-based interviews and focus group activities, and will participate in community-based workshops. In working with the project, the GRA will work closely with Montana State's highly regarded Community Development program (http://www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/index.html).


Political ecology of Montana wildlife
The GRA working in this area will contribute to on ongoing research involving Montana's freshwater fisheries and bison reintroduction. GRA duties will include archival research, interviews, data management and analysis. This GRA will work closely with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (http://montanaioe.org/).

MSU holds a Carnegie "very high" ranking for research accomplishments, is located in fun and scenic Bozeman, MT (http://www.montana.edu/about/bozeman/). Resource geography is a key focus of our energetic and productive Earth Science department which maintains a cohort of about 50 graduate students.

Please send a CV, a statement of research interests, a writing sample, contact information for two references, GRE scores, and unofficial transcripts to Julia Haggerty (see contact information below). For information on the graduate program in the Department of Earth Science visit http://www.montana.edu/earthsciences/programs/graduate/index.html. The Department's full application deadline is February 1, 2015.

Julia Hobson Haggerty, PhD

Assistant Prof. of Geography

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University


E-mail: julia.haggerty@montana.edu

Telephone (US): (406) 994-6904 | mobile : (406) 600-1766

SKYPE: julia.haggerty2

NZ Mobile: 022-1-301-803



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