A 12 month assistantship in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences is available for a prospective PhD student with an interest in the area of the human dimensions of natural resources. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team studying a variety of natural resource management issues (primarily within the context of public lands) across Texas, the U.S., and the South Pacific.

Preference will be given to candidates with a specific interest and understanding of social scientific approaches for examining human – environment relations, an interest in utilizing varied research designs, and prior scholarship in the field.

Educational and professional experience will be guided such that the candidate will develop the expertise and skills needed to:

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research that contributes to scientific knowledge serving natural resource management;
  • Work effectively in and lead multidisciplinary research teams for effective natural resource management;
  • Advise public land management staff on natural resource management planning and implementation;
  • Analyze and provide input on the human dimensions of natural resource management on public lands; and
  • Analyze and provide input on broad natural resource management policy issues within public land management contexts.

The research team studying parks and conservation at Texas A&M strives to expand the understanding of academicians, students, and natural resources agency staff of the human behavioral aspects of natural resource management and policy. We work to develop fundamental understandings of human behavior associated with resource management and to apply concepts and empirical findings to real-world, contemporary problems of management. Our research results include empirical data, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical insights. These research products are used in the policy development, implementation, and evaluation processes of a wide array of policymakers, especially those in state and federal agencies.

Funding support includes a $16,800 stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance, and consideration for additional funding through university fellowships. Acceptance will be based on career goals, past experience, and scholastic aptitude. There are additional fellowship opportunities for underrepresented minority candidates. For further information about this outstanding opportunity, contact us.