Project FA14b: Hemispherical photographs (summer or fall 2014)

Project FA14b: Hemispherical photographs (summer or fall 2014)
Researcher: Amanda B. Young aby113@psu.edu
Position type:  Digitization and data analysis
Application deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014
Application URL: 
http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply     

Position description
This research examines competition between conifers and broadleaved trees along an altitude gradient in central Japan. A component of this research examines the light environment found where seedling establishment occurs. The light environment is examined using hemispherical photographs taken directly above each seeding. I am looking for a student to help process these photographs. Processing these photos entails on-screen digitization of vegetation (leaves and tree stems) and calculating the sky area.

Desired qualifications
The candidate for this position should be detail-oriented and comfortable working with a computer. Knowledge of how to process hemispherical photographs is not necessary but a willingness to learn is. There are no prerequisites for this position, but an interest in biogeography and forest geography is a plus. Candidates must be willing to contribute 80–120 total hours of work toward the project over the summer or fall semester, resulting in 2–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. Credit for work performed during summer may be applied to fall semester. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form:
http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter0414.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume0414.pdf)