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Research on Integrated Impacts, Adaption, and Vulnerability (i-IAV) of Climate Change

We seek graduate students interested in conducting econometric and structural economic modeling of climate change impacts

The goal of this research program is to build a next generation integrated suite of science-driven modeling and analytic capabilities, and a more expanded and connected community of practice, for analyses of the stressors, impacts, adaptations and vulnerabilities of global and regional change, with emphasis in understanding the Energy-Water-Land Nexus and interdependent infrastructures.   This 5-year multi-million dollar US Department of Energy funded project involves top climate change researchers (students, post-docs, and faculty) from Penn State, Stanford, Purdue, Cornell, University of New Hampshire, University of Texas, Columbia University, University of Illinois, and Boston University.

We seek graduate students interested in conducting econometric and structural economic modeling of climate change impacts on various components of the global and regional economies including sectoral output, migration, water use, energy use, land use, and welfare.  These students will be an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of economists, hydrologists, climate scientists, physical scientists, and statisticians working at the cutting edge of research in the area of integrated climate change impacts.

To learn more, please contact:

Dr. Karen Fisher-Vanden
Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
The Pennsylvania State University
kaf26@psu.edu; 814-867-2752

Research assistantships through the academic year will be available through the EEFE Graduate Program. Summer support is also available. Learn how to apply to the Graduate Program on our website.

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, successful applicants should have (1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field of study; (2) strong quantitative skills; (3) a willingness to learn new techniques and skills while interacting with an interdisciplinary team, including resource managers; and (4) strong writing and communication skills. 

Penn State is located in Happy Valley, with many opportunities for recreational activities and a strong commitment to cultural events and activities.  State College was ranked 8/50 best college towns in 2016: http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/50-best-college-towns-america/

Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.