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Teaching Assistantship

The Department of Geography supports several graduate teaching assistantships (TA). During the spring semester eligible applicants can apply for a graduate teaching assistantship for the following academic year. Filled by M.S. and Ph.D. students, teaching assistantships are for one year, and renewal for a second year (or third for Ph.D. students) is contingent upon the student's progress and performance.

The Department of Geography also typically has several graduate research assistantships (RA) available. As these are most often funded by external research grants, individual faculty usually select graduate student advisees for these assistantships. In many cases, these will be advertised and students will be recruited in order to fill these positions.

Research Assistantships Currently Available!

Two (2) Graduate Student Research Assistantships in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno 

Two PhD graduate research assistantships are available at the University of Nevada, Reno beginning Fall 2018. We have a fully-funded research project to assess the impacts of land use and climate change on Mojave Desert tortoise gene flow and corridor functionality. One PhD position is in the Department of Geography and will focus on land use and climate change modeling (Drs. Scott Bassett - and Douglas Boyle). The second PhD position, which can be either in the Department of Geography or the interdisciplinary program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology will focus on desert tortoise landscape corridor functionality (Drs. Jill S. Heaton and Kenneth Nussear - Both individuals will be part of a large interdisciplinary team of scientists both on and off campus, expected to coordinate their research with other components of the project (e.g. Post-Doc in genetics), and contribute to larger project goals and objectives. Coincident with our project is a separately funded project at UNR with synergistic opportunities to investigate critical habitat breadth for Gopherus tortoises. Both positions will be full-time for 12-months (20 hrs a week). Funds are available starting Fall 2018 through Fall 2021, but are contingent upon student success. It is possible that if the student is identified early they may begin with funding as early as June 2018. The stipend for the 12-month period is $2,100 per month. The research assistantship includes health insurance and a tuition waiver.

Two (2) Graduate Student Research Assistantships in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno

Two (2) graduate research assistantships are available that will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. One position is available for a Masters student and the other for a PhD student. Students with research interests in transportation, energy, and sustainability are encouraged to apply. One research assistant will work during the 2018-2109 academic year on a collaborative project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and will include summer support. The portion of research to be conducted at UNR will explore the relationship between alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) refueling station locations, common travel destinations and routes, and the decision to purchase an AFV. The RA will assist in survey instrument design and participant recruitment, spatial and quantitative analysis, data management, and will also participate in regular meetings with other project personnel. Desired skills include experience with GIS and quantitative analysis, programming ability in Python and/or R, and strong writing and presentation capabilities. Web-based survey instrument creation and data collection is a plus. Support beyond the end of the RA work will consist of teaching assistant support. The other student will work as a Research Assistant for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years, and will include summer support. This student will assist in conducting research that considers how the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles will impact the transportation sector and development of greater Reno-Sparks. If interested in either position or if you have further questions please contact Scott Kelley ( as soon as possible. If interested in applying, please send a CV/resume and a 1-2 page cover letter, making sure to specify which project is of interest to you. Degree programs and requirements can be found at The deadline to apply for admission to the graduate program in the Department of Geography at the University Of Nevada, Reno is February 1st, 2018, and applications should be submitted to:

Recruiting new grad student in conservation science

Professor Thomas Albright is recruiting a new graduate student in geography/ecology/conservation biology (funded initially by a teaching assistantship, with anticipated supplemental summer research assistantship support) for Fall 2018 at the University of Nevada, Reno ( I am in the process of returning from a Fulbright/sabbatical in Nicaragua, where colleagues and I are developing research in environmental change, conservation assessment, wintering bird habitat, and modeling. I am seeking a student interested in contributing to our research on this country located in the heart of the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot. Useful skillsets for this research include GIS, remote sensing, landscape ecology, wildlife/avian ecology, statistics, coding, and Spanish. While experience and coursework in any of these areas is helpful, enthusiasm for learning and applying these is more important! Research in my lab (Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography; broadly addresses interactions between environmental change, plants and animals, and space. Most work uses a combination of remote sensing platforms, field data, GIS, spatial analysis, and statistical and mechanistic modeling, usually performed with coding (all this can be learned!). I can advise students in the Geography Masters and PhD programs ( and in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology PhD Program ( Initial funding will come from a TAship ($1600-$1,900 monthly stipend (depending on degree), tuition coverage, health plan); a proposal that would include supplemental summer research funding is in review. TAs are typically offered for 2 (Masters) or 3 years (PhD). Life in Reno is very good with a moderate cost of living, a diverse population of 425,000, and many opportunities for culture and World-class outdoor recreation. We foster an environment that is supportive and diverse from multiple perspectives. If you are interested, please send an e-mail [subject: "grad application"] to and attach a cv/resume and a 1-2-page letter letting me know your interests, goals, and key qualifications. Feel free to add unofficial transcripts too, if you've got them available. Please send me materials by 1 December, so I can provide feedback giving you time to submit a full application to the university by 15 January. While GRE scores will be a requirement for admission to our graduate programs, please do not hesitate to apply if your scores are not what you wish them to be.