Ronni Grapenthin

email:
New Mexico Tech
Dept. of Earth &
Environmental Science
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM-87801

prospective students

Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) Available to Study Ground Water Dynamics with Space Geodetic Methods

I am looking for a PhD student to begin in the Fall 2018 to study how groundwater dynamics manifest in surface deformation and how these changes affect the Earth's gravity field. The goal of the project is to characterize aquifers and their dynamics from NASA GRACE(-FO) and ESA Sentinel-1 data, and local well and wastewater reinjection records. The project is jointly funded by NASA's Earth Surface and Interior and Water and Energy Cycle programs through a New Investigator Program award.

Interested students should email a cover letter addressing their quantitative background and a CV to . Review of applications will begin 1. May 2018.


I am always looking for outstanding, motivated, and self-driven students who have a great interest in figuring out what we can learn about the Earth by investigating tectonic processes, which includes earthquake, volcano and glacio-isostatic related deformation. Check my research and publications pages to get an idea of what I've worked on in the past. Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have a specific idea in mind you'd like to work on. Given some lead time, developing a proposal out of this and seeking specific funding is always a possibility. Keep in mind that our discipline is highly quantitative; while it's not necessary to have any specific geophysical knowledge when entering the program, a strong quantitative background or the ability to quickly patch any gaps is necessary for success (math, physics, computer science, etc).

During my career as a graduate student I was very fortunate to be involved in all aspects of the pipeline of geophysical research: data collection in the field, their analysis in the lab, model development, and interpretation. Developing a deep understanding of possible pitfalls in this process is important to support hypotheses and critically question findings. For that reason, it is my goal to expose students to the full spectrum of research; from data gathering over modeling to interpretations.

See New Mexico Tech's information for prospective grad students as well as application materials here: http://www.nmt.edu/grad-prospective

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