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The Williams Lab in the Dept of Geography is seeking to hire two undergraduate research assistants. The principal activity is digitizing maps of tree species distributions in Michigan ca. 1840AD from Public Land Survey (PLS) records. These historic datasets are being compiled to better constrain the past and future predictions of terrestrial ecosystem models and to study forest composition before and after Euro-American settlement. The ideal applicants will have 1) a background of coursework in ecology, geography, environmental studies and/or geographic information systems and 2) careful attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Experience with R or ArcGIS or similar software environments is desirable but not required. These are paid research position for the 2012-2013 academic year with a time commitment of 10 hours per week.
Interested applicants should send by email 1) a recent transcript, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to Simon Goring (email@example.com) by Friday, September 13.