July 2, 2015


New Opportunity for Graduate Study: Human Well-being and the Environment in Africa

The Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Moi University in Kenya and Sokoine University in Tanzania offer graduate fellowships at Brown and Columbia in an exciting new cross-cutting natural and social science Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) project in Africa. The project will examine how agricultural interventions designed to increase crop yields in African Millennium Villages influence land-use patterns and the degradation or enhancement of soils, biodiversity and other ecosystem services and human wellbeing at both local and regional scales.

We seek PhD students who will pursue research in Africa in the fields of remote sensing, ecology, sociology or economics and who desire training that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and who want to apply their work to pressing problems of human welfare and the environment.

Students will enroll in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geological Sciences, Sociology or Economics at Brown or the Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences or the PhD program in Sustainable Development at Columbia. PIRE students will work with teams of mentors at Brown, Columbia and MBL and collaborate with faculty partners at Moi and Sokoine Universities.

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Contact faculty directly, or the people below for more information:

Sara Lizzo
Columbia University,

Martha Downs
Brown University

Alison Maksym
Marine Biological Laboratory
amaksym at mbl.edu