Thread: Graduate Student Opportunities in Geophysical Analysis of Karst - NMT

Started: 2017-09-14 17:45:42
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Two Research Assistantships for PhD (or exceptional MS) students are available in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Research will involve geophysical analysis of karst aquifers, which are important water resources for up to a quarter of the world population. The study will employ fieldwork in the Santa Fe River Sink-Rise system in north-central Florida. Geophysical responses to recharge events will be monitored using seismometers, tiltmeters, and GPS instruments and interpreted alongside hydrologic and meteorological data to facilitate aquifer characterization and regionally integrated flow monitoring. Implications range from the development of karst hazards maps, illustrating areas susceptible to sinkhole formation, to subsurface flow monitoring, aiding water supply management. In addition, the students will assist in the development of an interactive traveling exhibit that will be displayed in visitor centers in Florida and New Mexico. This project provides an excellent opportunity to develop a valuable set of interdisciplinary skills, and the students will be supervised by Andrew Luhmann (Assistant Professor of Hydrology, andrew.luhmann<at> <andrew.luhmann<at>>, (575) 835-5029), Susan Bilek (Professor of Geophysics, susan.bilek<at> <susan.bilek<at>>, (575) 835-6510), and Ronni Grapenthin (Assistant Professor of Geophysics, rg<at> <rg<at>>, (575) 835-5924).

Students will ideally start in May 2018. The graduate student application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is Jan. 15, 2018. For more information, please see

Susan Bilek
Professor of Geophysics
Earth and Environmental Science Dept.
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

phone: (575) 835-6510
fax: (575) 835-6436
email: Susan.Bilek<at>

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