Coral Reef Conservation Masters Assistantship 

Conservation Governance Lab at Auburn University, United States 

Location: Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive Auburn AL 36839 

Timeline: Spring 2022 through Summer 2023 (5 semesters/ just under 2 years) 

Salary: Stipend and tuition fully covered by assistantship 

Last date to apply: November 25, 2021

Start date: the applicant must be able to be in Auburn to start in person on January 12, 2022. Auburn returned to fully in person in 2021. The applicant must have legal right to work in the U.S. and in accordance with Auburn policy and recent federal mandates, be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Description: The Conservation Governance Lab at Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife is looking for a competitive applicant for an MS student assistantships on coral reef management, policy, and planning in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ideal candidate has an interest in environmental policy, conservation biology, political science, economics, ecology, or a related field. 

The research is interdisciplinary and examines the impacts of climate stress on reef management and on community well-being. The grant that covers your tuition and stipend is a National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Innovators Award. This grant provides an incredible opportunity for this MS student to combine world class climate modelling data analysis with equity-focused social science research on climate adaptation. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion of candidates of ALL backgrounds is a priority of the Conservation Governance Lab. Underrepresented people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Conservation Governance Lab is led by Dr. Kelly H. Dunning. Dunning holds a PhD from MIT in Natural Resource Management and an MSc from Oxford University Christ Church College in Environmental Policy. Her 2018 Fulbright-funded book, Managing Coral Reefs (Anthem Press), examines how communities manage their reefs through planning and policy efforts. 

Get in touch with a single attachment that includes 1) your CV or resume (if your main experience has been in the service sector that is ok, indicate this); 2) a 1 page statement of interest; 3) a recent writing sample, and send this single attachment to KHD@auburn.edu. This assistantship would be ideal for someone looking to pursue a career in marine conservation, environmental policy, and natural resource management. Prerequisites to apply include coursework in social science research design/methods, environmental policy, and/or environmental conservation, however these are encouraged and not required. 

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