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Graduate Positions in Urban Ecology, University of Utah

We are seeking two graduate students to work on an exciting National Science Foundation project investigating the role of digital tools on environmental justice in urban forests. Students will join a highly collaborative multi-institutional team of faculty, students, and stakeholders. Individuals with interests in urban trees/forests, air pollution, ecosystem services, spatial analysis, and equity are encouraged to apply.  

Position details  

  • Two and a half years of guaranteed research fellowship funding. Eligibility for additional funding upon completion of qualifying exams. 
  • Students can choose City & Metropolitan Planning or Geography as their departmental home and may pursue a degree in either field. 
  • The Ecosystems Laboratory is located in the Natural History Museum of Utah, University of Utah. 
  • University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, which offers high quality of life, a great public transit system, and easy access to hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and other outdoor activities.  

Desired qualifications  

  • Background in environmental science, geography, geospatial science, planning, or related field. 
  • Interest in interdisciplinary, community-engaged research. 
  • Desire to work as part of a highly collaborative team. 
  • A creative mindset and approach to research. 


  • If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please email Alexandra Ponette-Gonzalez (alexandra.ponette@utah.edu).  

Alexandra Ponette-Gonzalez 

Curator of Urban Ecology, Natural History Museum of Utah 

Associate Professor, Dept of City & Metropolitan Planning 

University of Utah 

Pronouns: she/ella 

Website: https://ponettelab.cargo.site