Graduate Research Opportunities in GIScience and GIS
The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate student applications for MA/Ph.D. and Ph.D. positions in the areas of modeling, measurement, and computation. The department is internationally recognized for its excellence and leadership in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students work in a dynamic, collaborative, and well-funded setting on projects supported by NSF, NASA, USGS, NGA, other government agencies as well as by major industry players. Graduates of the program obtain high-level jobs in industry, government, and academia, including professorships in other top departments. In addition to frequent and fruitful collaborations across GIScience labs within the department, students also have opportunities to interact with faculty and peers across campus through the interdisciplinary emphases in Cognitive Science, Information Technology and Society, Network Science, and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. The Center for Spatial Studies offers students a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research, seminars, and workshops, while the Spatiotemporal Innovation Center connects students and faculty with leading industry players.
Faculty members involved in UCSB’s GIScience/GIS research include:
- Somayeh Dodge (http://move.geog.ucsb.edu/): Movement data analytics, modeling, and visualization methods for applications in human mobility and movement ecology
- Kostas Goulias (http://kgoulias.weebly.com/): Transportation Systems Modeling and Simulation, Travel Behavior, Transportation Planning, Sustainable Transportation, Geographic Information Science, Economic Geography, and Survey Methods
- Krzysztof Janowicz (http://www.janowicz.de): GIScience & GIS, Spatial Data Science, Knowledge Graphs, Semantic Web, Location-based Social Networks, Geographic Information Retrieval, and Cyberinfrastructure.
- Dan Montello (http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~montello/): Spatial Perception, Cognition, and Behavior; Cognitive Issues in Cartography and GIS; Spatial Aspects of Social Behavior; Environmental Psychology and Behavioral Geography
- Alan Murray (http://geog.ucsb.edu/~amurray/): Location Analytics, GIScience, Geocoding, GIS, Data Uncertainty, Urban and Regional Planning, Spatial Optimization, Transportation and Sustainability
- Trisalyn Nelson (http://www.sparlab.org/): Wildlife movement, active transportation, health, ecology, sustainability, urban planning
A top-ranked geography program nationally and internationally, the department is comprised of 26 faculty, 13 active emeriti faculty including National Academy of Sciences member Michael Goodchild, 20 researchers, 90 graduate students, and 12 staff as well as long-term track record of being home to renowned scientists such as late Waldo Tobler. They investigate a broad range of human, social and physical geographic topics on regional to global scales using methods including mathematical, theoretical and stochastic analyses, conceptual, statistical and dynamical numerical models, and field experimentation. Primary research areas aside of GIScience include: terrestrial, ocean, atmospheric and climate, population and public health, urban and regional, cognitive and behavioral. Complementing the department’s GIScience and GIS group are faculty specializing in remote sensing and numerical modeling.
The department offers highly competitive five-year funding packages, modern offices and shared labs with state-of-the-art equipment and access to high-performance computing, as well as generous travel funding for international conferences and other meetings; see here (https://geog.ucsb.edu/jack-and-lauradangermond-fund/). Further details about the program, graduate research and teaching positions, as well as housing can be found in the graduate student handbook. The application deadline is December 15, 2020, for admission in Fall 2021.