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PhD for Global Center for Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Waters

Opportunity: The University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is
excited to announce a unique opportunity for two Ph.D. applicants to join our innovative
research team at the newly established Global Center for Understanding Climate Change
Impacts on Transboundary Waters.

The Global Center’s Mission: At the Global Center, we recognize the challenges in managing
transboundary water systems, especially in areas where multiple sovereign nations, including
Indigenous nations, intersect. The Global Center’s mission is to address an intensifying global
water crisis by focusing on regional water resources management, community and ecosystem
preparedness for climate change-impacted water resource hazards, and bridge coordination
gaps in transnational management processes.
While our initial focus lies in climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region with a strong
emphasis on Indigenous communities, our vision extends globally. We plan to expand our
efforts to other North American transboundary watersheds and beyond, ensuring that the
knowledge we generate carries international significance and applicability.

The Team: Dr. Andrew Gronewold serves as the lead principal investigator for an
interdisciplinary team that includes principal investigators and researchers from schools across
the University of Michigan, McMaster University, Cornell University, Toronto Metropolitan
University (TMU), The College of Menominee Nations, the Red Lake Nation, Brock University,
and the University of Wisconsin, as well as experts in climate change, ecosystem monitoring
and modeling, and transboundary water science and governance across industries.

Ideal Candidates: Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences in hydroclimate
sciences, ecosystem function and water quality, and water policy and governance (including, but
not limited to) those with a strong interest or background in Indigenous sustainability, are
encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity. Interested applicants should begin by
contacting Dr. Gronewold (see email below), who will serve as faculty advisor for the Ph.D.
candidates, to discuss the applicant’s research areas of interest and expertise.
Successful candidates will work under the supervision of Dr. Gronewold and collaborate with a
diverse team of researchers on various aspects of the project. The candidates will be at the
forefront of advancing the research on climate change impacts on transboundary waters while
accessing a wide array of resources and support from The University of Michigan, SEAS, the
Global Center, and all partnering organizations and institutions. This network will enable the
candidates to collaborate with leading experts in the field while contributing directly to promoting
equitable water resource management.

Duration and Compensation: This position is funded through NSF support of the Global
Center. The salary and benefits will be commensurate with institutional policies and standard
stipends for Ph.D. students.

  • Job Type: PhD
  • Application deadline: 12/01/2023
  • Organization: University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability
  • How to apply: Start by contacting Dr. Gronewold (cc’ing Megan Cort, and include your resume and a letter of interest. Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the phrase “Ph.D. Applicant for Global Center”. Once you are ready to submit your application, you may apply through the SEAS application page by selecting ‘Start Your Application’. You may learn more about the Ph.D. application process by reviewing the SEAS Doctoral (PhD) webpage, and the SEAS PhD Student Handbook for key information, such as a timeline and outline of expectations and requirements
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Information

Dr. Gronewold

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