I am always looking for enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated students interested in developing independent projects (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students will be encouraged to contribute to ongoing research in areas related to terrestrial ecology and ecosystem-climate feedbacks, or to develop projects that address questions that are of relevance to the wider lab group. Aspiring Ph.D. students interested in pursing research in the following areas are especially encouraged to contact me: i) the effects of global environmental change on ecosystem-climate feedbacks; ii) links between land use change and local to global climate dynamics; iii) feedbacks between climate and disturbance events at the landscape scale; iv) regional evaluation of ecosystem and climate regulation services. Students with geospatial analysis and/or computer programming skills will be given especially strong consideration.

In general, the most competitive candidates will have a strong record of academic excellence, some prior experience, and a demonstrated interest in geospatial science and terrestrial ecology.

If you are interested in discussing specific opportunities, please contact me directly via email at: wksmith@email.arizona.edu, and please include a current resume or CV and a brief letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience.