Graduate Research Positions Available
Funded Research Opportunities
The successful applicant will join the soil water processes research group which focuses on multi-scale monitoring and applications of soil moisture information in agriculture and hydrology studying field-scale soil moisture dynamics and turning soil moisture data into actionable decisions.
The successful applicant will join the farming system research team which focuses on dissecting complex interactions among genotype(G), environment(E), and management (M) practicesvia utilization of field research integrating modern statistical methods, crop modeling and remote sensing tools.
The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate involve: i) collection of soil moisture information using traditional and innovative non-invasive technologies; ii)laboratory and field determination of soil health and soil physical properties; iii) geospatial analysis,modeling,and forecasting of soil water dynamics.
The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will beto: 1) quantify field-scale crop evapotranspiration and CO2fluxes using micrometeorological techniques (e.g. the eddy covariance approach); 2) to testand validateapproachesfor partitioning evapotranspiration into plant transpiration and soil evaporation; 3) to overseefield and laboratory experiments; 4) to performdata analysis, present research results in professional meetings, and publishpapersin peer-reviewed journals; and 5) to complete all the course work necessary to pursue a Ph.D. degree with a dissertation related to the research topic.
The successful applicant will plan and conduct field-scale studies in rainfed cropping systems across Oklahoma and will update an existing statewide soil moisture mapping system to better reflect cropland conditions. The project will provide opportunities to learn new instrumentation techniques, such as cosmic-ray neutron sensing, to conduct field measurements of soil water balance under diverse conditions, to apply and develop simulation models, and to make pioneering contributions to our understanding of the interactions between hydrologic processes and rainfed cropland management.