Vanderbilt University’s Meng Lin’s group admits full-award PhD student in global change ecology

Scholarship:  Fully-funded ($35,000/year)
Degree:   B.S., Master
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines:  Jan. 1, 2023

Scholarship Description:

Vanderbilt University (Vandy), founded in 1873, is a world-renowned private research university ranked 13th in the 2022 U.S. Best Colleges rankings. Vanderbilt University was founded by American railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt and has four undergraduate colleges and six graduate schools with more than 10,000 students, and is known as the “Harvard of the South” and the “New Ivy League. The undergraduate admissions rate for 2020 is 9% (32,376 applicants). Distinguished alumni include two U.S. vice presidents and seven Nobel Prize winners. The College of Humanities and Sciences, where the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is housed, is the heart of Vanderbilt University and is the oldest college. It has a diverse research agenda, a vibrant academic atmosphere, and an excellent academic reputation. Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, the capital city of Tennessee, USA. The city has a beautiful environment, a pleasant climate, and is thriving and vibrant, and has been named one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in 2021.

Lin Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, with a research interest in global change ecology. D. from Iowa State University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His main research results have been published in Science, PNAS, PNAS NEXUS, GCB,AFM and other internationally recognized journals. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Global Young Scientist Award 2021 by Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and SciLifeLab, the Global Green Elite Award 2022 by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the NASA Earth and Space Technology Fellowship, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Ton Damman Award, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Water The Prize for Ecohydrology in Arts and Sciences, the Master Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has served as a member of the FLUXNET Youth Committee and as Chair of Human Ecology of the Ecological Society of America. He is currently a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Global Environmental Change Section Committee and a representative of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Committee.

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Available Subjects:

  • (1) Response of vegetation dynamics to climate change, urbanization and human activities
  • (2) Feedbacks of vegetation dynamics on carbon and water cycles and ecosystems
  • (3) Impacts of drought and wildfire on the Amazon rainforest

Eligibility criteria:

  • (1) Background knowledge in global change ecology, remote sensing of vegetation and surface processes;
  • (2) Ability to program, process and analyze data;
  • (3) Proficiency in spoken English and academic writing. Interested candidates should send an email inquiry with resume and transcripts.

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