Project FA15b: Review of current climatology and atmospheric science

Project FA15b: Review of current climatology and atmospheric science literature on cloud forests, focus on Monteverde (Costa Rica)

Researcher: Adrienne Tucker azt153@psu.edu

Semester for work to be done: Fall 2015

Position type: literature review

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply


Position description

The student will conduct searches of geography, climatology, meteorology, atmospheric science, and climate science journals for cloud forest-related articles. The research will be a pilot investigation and thus will begin with a broad overview of cloud forest literature. No previous knowledge of cloud forests required. As the semester progresses, the research assistant will narrow his or her search to research being conducted on the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. More specific searches can be done with respect to the research assistant’s personal interests. This position will culminate in a final literature review paper summarizing the student’s investigation and generalizing results shown in the literature. Experience with climatology and/or meteorology or a related field preferred, but not required.


Desired qualifications

Strong written communication skills, experience library search engines, basic physical geography background. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. 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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

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_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)