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IGERT Program: Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics

University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus

IGERT Program: Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program at the University of Puerto-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) aims to train Ph.D. students in interdisciplinary and collaborative research approaches to environmental problems in urbanizing tropical landscapes. It is a natural sciences program, but students receive interdisciplinary training in social science perspectives of environmental issues by applying these to real-world problems. Fellows work with government agencies, NGOs, or community groups to develop dissertation questions on environmental problems in Puerto Rico and beyond. The interaction of human and natural systems in an urbanizing setting is the common topic for dissertation research. IGERT research may focus on climate, water, food security, renewable energy, waste management, biodiversity, and urban system services, among other topics. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Puerto Rico has had a dynamic environmental history, recovering from nearly complete deforestation and currently facing the problem of urban sprawl as the economy modernized.  Environmental problems caused by these shifts, overlaid by climate changes and vulnerability to catastrophic storms, make Puerto Rico an ideal place to conduct integrative research.

This IGERT is part of the UPR-RP Environmental Science Graduate Program, but students from other UPR-RP graduate programs may apply. The deadline for application for all UPR-RP graduate programs is January 25, 2013. The deadline for application for these IGERT fellowships is February 25, 2013. Applicants must contact the IGERT program and a prospective advisor before applying. See the website and email addresses below.

Benefits: $30,000/year for two years; $2,000 for travel and education materials; office, computer and software usage; reserved space in all special courses and workshops
Website: http://envsci.uprrp.edu/igert
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contacts: Rafael Ríos Dávila PhD, Program Director,
rafaelrios00936@yahoo.com Sheila Ward, Program Associate Director,
seward@hpcf.upr.edu Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Program Coordinator,
uprrp.igert@gmail.com