WERI Announces Graduate Research Assistantships Available

WERI Announces Graduate Research Assistantships Available

WERI Announces Graduate Research Assistantships Available


The University of Guam’s Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) is offering two (2) 2-year research assistantships beginning August 2018 (Fall Semester, Fanuchanan) or January 2019 (Spring Semester, Fanomnakan) for research work that can be applied toward a Master of science thesis in UOG’s graduate Environmental Science program.

This project is funded by NASA EPSCoR, and is collaborative with the University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering (UHCOE). Researchers on Guam will use self-guiding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) developed by UHCOE engineering faculty and students to collect, analyze, and interpret thermal imagery to locate and estimate freshwater discharge into coastal waters from the limestone aquifer of northern Guam.

Fieldwork will include locating, mapping, and measuring freshwater discharge from coastal caves, fractures, and submerged springs. Measurements will provide ground truth by which to calibrate remotely-sensed estimates of freshwater discharge from thermal imagery collected by UAVs. Graduate research assistants at the University of Guam will work with teams of UOG and UHCOE researchers to deploy and operate UAVs, collect field data in the coastal zone, and analyze and interpret remotely-sensed data in light of ground-based field data. Research assistantships will pay a salary plus tuition and fees for two years for work leading to a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science.

The University of Guam is a US Land Grant University accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and WERI is one of the nation’s top-ranked National Institutes for Water Resources Research.

To learn more about the graduate research assistantships, take a look at this PDF for more information, or contact Dr. John Jenson, WERI Director at jjenson@triton.uog.edu or Dr. Romina King at roking@triton.uog.edu.

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