Call for Artists – Gifts of the Northern Sun Exhibit

Gifts of the Northern Sun

Exploring Northern Minnesota Native perspectives on gathering the sun

The sun is a source of enormous common wealth. It grows our food; it warms our water. And now, with solar energy technology, we have a new way to gather and share the sun’s abundant gifts. The Solar Commons Research Project and the American Indian Community Housing Organization are inviting Native artists of all ages who live in, or identify with Northern Minnesota to contribute art images that express to them, the idea of ‘gathering the sun’ in an online exhibit called “Gifts of the Northern Sun.” Anyone who feels inspired to share an image and some written reflections can participate – you don’t need to be a professional artist, but professional artists are welcome to share their vision too.

Opening December 2020 – Phase 1 Call for Artists Open Now through December 16th, 2020

Virtual Talk: Robin Wall Kimmerer at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. central

This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom.Click here to register.

Drawing on both indigenous and scientific knowledge, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, talks about the importance of cultivating a reciprocal relationship with the environment, and how understanding our connection to the land helps us connect more deeply with one another.

After this talk, enjoy a self-guided tour through Mia’s collection looking at the relationship between artists and nature, and consider how art can connect us to our shared humanity.

Photo credit: Dale Kakkak

Ticketing Information

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or click here to reserve online and receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our visitor experience team at

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution.

Assistant/Associate Professor – Forest Ecosystem Science

The Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University encourages applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Forest Ecosystem Science.

Responsibilities will include participation in the Department’s teaching, research, and service activities. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in applied ecology and related topics in support of on-campus and distance education degree programs in Forestry (FO) and Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation (NREC). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Appropriate areas of research expertise include, but are not limited to: forest ecology, fire ecology, disturbance ecology, restoration ecology, landscape ecology, and/or quantitative ecology. Opportunities exist to collaborate in research efforts with the USDA Forest Service, federal and state agencies, forestry industry, and other southern forest landowners and managers. Service responsibilities will include participation in Department, College, and University activities; developing strong mentoring programs for undergraduate and graduate students; and interacting with constituents and professional organizations. 

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. with a specialization in the ecology or biology of forest ecosystems, forestry, natural resource management, environmental science, or a closely related field. All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered. 

Preferred Qualifications: A PhD with an extensive background in fundamental or applied ecology of forested ecosystems. Competitive candidates should have a strong record of scholarly publications, demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding, and experience in teaching both traditional and distance education courses at the university level.  

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, full-time, 9-month appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated Start Date: No later than August 2021 

The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University. The faculty have diverse teaching, research, service, and outreach expertise in the disciplines of forest biology and watershed management; forest economics, management, and policy; and forest measurements, biometrics, and spatial technologies. The Department has two undergraduate degree programs, Forestry and Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation, each accredited by the Society of American Foresters with ~200 students in addition to ~40 graduate students in both on-campus and distance education programs. The University’s John W. Starr Memorial Forest (a +8,000-acre research and teaching forest), the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tombigbee National Forest are located in close proximity to the University and used for teaching, research, and extension/outreach activities. 

Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) institution and a land grant university with a strong connection to the state-wide Extension Service. The University is in Starkville, a medium-size college town in northeast Mississippi (   

Application Procedure: Screening of applicants will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made on the Mississippi State University Employment opportunities website via the link: (PARF Number 501767). Applicants should also send, in a single PDF, their: (1) Cover Letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) 1-page Research Statement, (4) 1-page Teaching Statement, (5) 1-page Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, (6) Unofficial Graduate Transcripts, and (7) Contact Information for 3 References to: 

Dr. Courtney Siegert (email: Courtney.Siegert (at)

Chair, Forest Ecosystem Science Search Committee 

Department of Forestry 

Mississippi State University 

Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681 

Assistant Professor in Earth Science Discipline-Based Education Research

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Earth Science Discipline-Based Education Research. We seek an innovative researcher and educator who will conduct internationally-recognized research on the development, application, and assessment of best-practices in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER), with a focus on experiential learning in the Earth Sciences (e.g., Geology, Geological Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, Geophysics, Hydrogeology). Experiential learning is defined here as an educational process that engages students with authentic situations and applications in classroom, laboratory or field settings, and includes experiences that occur outside of a traditional university learning space.

UBC and EOAS recognize that equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence, and that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged, leading to more relevant and impactful research and teaching. Accordingly, we particularly encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code. This includes racialization, status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status and/or age. Our department is committed to confronting systemic biases, particularly as they affect individuals from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, and intersect with other forms of discrimination.  EOAS is committed to supporting success for individuals from traditionally-disadvantaged groups, building on existing efforts across the UBC Faculty of Science to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in our research and teaching missions (

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Earth Science Education or an Earth Science discipline at the time of appointment. They will have conducted theoretically-grounded pedagogical research and show promise of making significant contributions to Earth Science education research including cognitive and/or affective aspects of experiential learning.

This position will build on EOAS’s global leadership in Earth Science education, with the potential to bridge to other disciplines that are interested in strengthening or developing experiential learning programs. The candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally-funded and internationally-recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate students and participate in departmental activities. EOAS is dedicated to practicing excellence in evidence-based learning, and provides a supporting environment to achieve this, including implementing such practices as paired teaching for new faculty members. A focus on innovative teaching methods is essential, along with demonstrated potential for teaching excellence within one of the undergraduate specializations in EOAS. An interest in contributing to research in field-based learning experiences is also desirable, but not required.

EOAS is the top-ranked and largest Earth Sciences department in Canada, with research and teaching interests spanning the history of the Earth and the evolution of its structure from core to stratosphere ( We seek candidates who have the capacity and interest to interact with other teaching and learning clusters both within and outside EOAS, and demonstrate the potential to forge links with other national and international Science Education research groups, and with other stakeholder groups, including Indigenous communities. Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity in Earth Science education commensurate with their experience, or if limited in opportunities to demonstrate this, be able to communicate a strong potential and vision for research in this area.

UBC’s Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the top cities in the world for quality of life. It is a diverse and welcoming city, made up of different religions, ethnicities, and cultural groups from all over the world, and from Canada’s Indigenous communities. This diversity is reflected in the student population in EOAS and UBC, and is a source of the city’s strength, vitality, and prosperity. UBC seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of Vancouver’s diversity, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

How to Apply:

Candidates should visit

They should upload a single PDF file that includes:

              i.        a cover letter,

             ii.        a detailed curriculum vitae,

            iii.        a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments,

            iv.        a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, including potential funding sources,

             v.        a one-page statement of teaching philosophy,

            vi.        a one-page statement describing their experiences with diversity, and their planned contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion,

           vii.        up to three recent publications (or other research contributions), and

          viii.        the names and contact information for three referees.

Referees will be contacted for those applicants selected for further consideration. The closing deadline for applications is January 31, 2021. The successful applicant would be expected to start as soon as July 2021, or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Erik Eberhardt, by email at erik at


October 22, 2020


January 31, 2021

Graduate research assistantship available in urban remote sensing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Hu’s Urban Remote Sensing Lab ( has one GRA position open at the master’s or Ph.D. level beginning as soon as the summer of 2021. 

Hu’s lab primarily focuses on the interaction of humans, the land surface, and the atmosphere in complex and changing urban environments, and seeks to improve our understanding of urban environmental changes and urban climate under the context of rapid urbanization and changing climate for sustainable urban development. The lab uses traditional and advanced remote sensing and develops advanced geospatial analytic approaches for applications in cities worldwide. This NASA-funded position will support research on urban effects on hydrometeorological cycles using multiple sources of remote sensing products. The graduate student will work closely with Dr. Leiqiu Hu and have the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers from multiple universities on this collaborative and interdisciplinary project.

The prospective candidate is expected to have strong quantitative background training in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing, climatology, geostatistics, big data analytics, or other related physical sciences. Familiarity with at least one programming language (R, Python, MATLAB, etc.) is highly desirable. The potential candidate is expected to have strong written and verbal communication skills in English. 

About UAH
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a research-intensive, internationally recognized university with strong ties to NASA Earth sciences through the co-located National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The department has two master programs in Atmospheric Science (ATS) and Earth System Science (ESS), and one Ph.D. program in ATS, which enables students to gain not only an understanding of the physics of the climate system and the environment but also a working hands-on knowledge of how data and information is used to aid decision-makers.
Information on applying to UAH graduate programs in the graduate programs at UAH:

The applicants are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Leiqiu Hu ( at with a copy of updated CV, unofficial transcripts, examples of publications if applicable, and contacts of three referees. Note that the GRE score has been waived until Fall 2021. For more information about the Earth System Science or Atmospheric Science programs and research opportunities, please contact Dr. Leiqiu Hu ( at as well. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.  

MS Positions in Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere

Two MS positions in Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere available for Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University

Responsibilities: The successful candidates will examine biogeochemistry of snow, ice, and melt water of the cryosphere of the Pacific Northwest and/or Arctic Sea Ice. These positions will come with two academic years of support as a teaching and/or research assistant within the Department of Environmental Sciences. Research projects will involve local fieldwork at Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, as well as analytical laboratory work for biogeochemical analyses. One position will focus on a NASA funded project to quantify impacts of deposition of black carbon on Arctic sea ice. The second position will focus on quantifying impacts of snow algae on snow and ice albedo in the Pacific Northwest.

Benefits: 12 month Academic Year Stipend, Full Tuition Payment, and Health Coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

Meet academic admission requirements of the MS, Environmental Sciences department:
Ability to conduct fieldwork
Analytical laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

Strong interest and experience in biogeochemistry and the cryosphere
Teaching/mentoring experience in an academic or experiential setting
Field work experience in mountain or polar environments
Experience with ArcGIS and working with remote sensing imagery
Programming experience with Python and/or Matlab
Strong writing and organizational skills

Huxley College Department of Environmental Science: Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. Huxley’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. The department offers degrees in Environmental Science at the undergraduate and master’s level,

About Western Washington University (WWU): WWU serves about 16,000 students and is located in beautiful Bellingham, a town midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, with approximately 90,000 residents. Bellingham is situated along the Pacific Northwest coast with close proximity to the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including sea kayaking, sailing, skiing, biking, and hiking.

How to Apply: Applications to the Department of Environmental Science at WWU are due February 1st, 2021: For these positions, please send a CV and statement of interest to: To be formally accepted, a full application must be submitted by the deadline, with a note of interest to this position.

Postdoc and Graduate Student Opportunity

These postdoc and graduate student opportunities might be of interest. The postdoc position has a very flexible start date, and the candidate does not need to check all these boxes. It’s our “wish” list. 😊


Morteza Karimzadeh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Information Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Traditional Territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations

Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Spatial Data Science and Geoscience

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Starting date (very flexible): 1/7/2021

Application review begins December 7, 2020 on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position at the Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), with a flexible starting date of 1/7/2021 and possibility for remote work, although the ability to work on the CU Boulder campus in the long term is desirable. The initial offer is for 12 months, with potential for renewal contingent upon favorable progress.

The postdoctoral scholar will primarily work on a recently funded NSF EarthCube project (Data Capabilities: Enabling Analysis of Heterogeneous, Multi-source Cryospheric Data, Award# 2026962) under the supervision of principal investigator, Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh. The project is focused on creating software systems and cyber-infrastructure for harmonizing heterogeneous big data products (including satellite imagery and in situ observations) in a cloud environment for various downstream tasks. The technologies developed are expected to be extendable to a variety of applications, but for this project, the focus will be on classification and mapping of sea ice.

Sea ice is an important component of the climate system and a key indicator of climate change. Sea ice is spatiotemporally dynamic, exhibiting a variety of evolving ice types that need classification for scientific analysis or operational planning. The mapping of sea ice at high spatial and temporal resolutions remains a scientific challenge. With the increasing availability of high-resolution remote sensing products such as SAR and lidar, there is a renewed desire for tackling this challenge. However, bridging data science and geoscience is key in successfully harnessing these large heterogeneous data for sea ice mapping.

The postdoctoral position will be homed in the Geography Department at CU Boulder and will actively collaborate with the co-PIs, scientists and students in the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and CU Denver’s Department of Computer Science.

The postdoc duties will include:

Design and implement software and computational modules in collaboration with the team’s sea ice scientists, remote sensing experts, and spatial data scientists.
Draft and lead scholarly publications and reports.
Assist the PI with leading research activities within the group and project management.
Assist the PI with user evaluations and stakeholder engagement at NSIDC, NOAA, NCAR, the U.S. National Ice Center (NIC) and the Canadian Ice Service (CIS).
Assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students in the team.
Assist in drafting successful research grant proposals.
Interface with other research groups at and beyond the NSF EarthCube community and the University of Colorado.
Work with research assistants to prepare training and outreach material, including easy-to-use Jupyter notebooks for product adoption.
Given the transdisciplinary nature of this postdoctoral position, we expect that the candidate has foundation in either one or both spatial data science and/or geosciences, with the position strengthening the postdoc’s expertise in both disciplines.

The qualified candidate will possess a majority of the following, with interest in developing the rest:

A Ph.D. in geography, geoscience, computer science, information science, statistics, or a cognate field is mandatory.
Research background and expertise in applied machine learning and particularly, deep learning.
Background and experience working with, spatial data, geographic information systems and earth observations.
Familiarity with passive and active microwave imagery, airborne and spaceborne lidar altimetry is desirable (examples include SAR imagery from Sentinel-1, lidar altimetry data from Operation IceBridge, ICESat and ICESat-2, and radar altimetry data from CryoSat-2).
Programming skills in Python, Scikit-learn and deep learning libraries (TensorFlow, or Keras or PyTorch). Working ability with R and its spatial packages is a plus.
Interest or background in visual analytics for interactive machine learning is desirable.
Experience working with cloud storage and compute instances is desirable.
Experience in working with the output of climate models is desirable.
Front-end development and visualization skills using D3.js, leaflet.js and the React framework is desirable.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Both beginning and senior postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply. To apply, please upload your CV, a research statement (no more than one page) and the contact information of references to the application portal:

Please direct your questions to Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh ( Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December 7, 2020 until the position is filled.

MS/PhD positions

Funded MSc/PhD positions are available in Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh’s research group at the Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder, starting Fall 2021. The application deadline is December 1, 2020. The positions are supported through TA and RA appointments.

The successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing team of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Our current spatial data science projects intersect with geovisual analytics, GeoAI and spatial statistics in a variety of domains including sea ice mapping and cryospheric data fusion, quantitative analysis of human mobility, geo-text analysis of various organizational and archival textual sources, and modeling spatial connectivity and dependence.

Details about the program can be found here. Please also note that we have a graduate application fee waiver for under-represented minority applicants and applicants with financial need.

For inquiries, please feel free to contact with your CV, explaining how your research expertise or interests may align with the team, and what potential areas you’d be interested in working on in the future.