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Ph.D. Research Assistant Position Search. Applications due December 31, 2017
The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University invites applications for a Ph.D. Research Assistantship in satellite remote sensing of sea ice and biology/biogeochemistry of the Arctic Ocean.  This US National Science Foundation funded project is focused on the biological and biogeochemical consequences of declining sea ice cover in the Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean, in particular across the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) ( change detection array in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas.  Candidates should have strong interests in satellite remote sensing, quantitative analysis, sea ice, and biological/biogeochemical oceanography.  The successful candidate will join the Polar Science Research Laboratory at Clark ( and will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (  For further information, please contact Karen Frey ( and see application details at (deadline December 31, 2017).  We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, which is inclusive of all women, to apply.

Congratulations to Anela Layugan, May 2017
Congratulations to Anela Layugan, who has successfully defended her B.A. honors thesis entitled The Detection of Change Points in Arctic Sea Ice Cover across Different Spatial Scales, Locations, and Seasons.  Upon graduation from Clark with her B.A. degree, Anela has been accepted into the Advanced Degree M.S. Program in GIScience here at Clark and will continue her research in the Polar Science Research Laboratory.

Congratulations to Wren Scott, May 2017
Congratulations to Wren Scott, who has successfully defended his M.S. thesis entitled Annual cycles of sea ice, wind and primary productivity in the Cape Bathurst and Saint Lawrence Island Polynyas, 1998–2015.  Upon graduation from Clark with both a B.A. and M.S. degree, Wren will begin a Ph.D. program in Geography at the University of Utah starting in Fall 2017.

Ph.D. Candidate Ashley York’s Research is Highlighted by Clark University’s ClarkNow, March 2017
Ashley York is mapping terminus, or frontal, positions of tidewater glaciers in two bays on the west coast of Greenland.  She hopes her research will provide a deeper understanding of what we already know about sea-level rise and government policy about climate change.  Read more here.

Ph.D. Candidate Melishia Santiago’s Research is Highlighted by Clark University’s ClarkNow, March 2017
Clark University doctoral candidate Melishia Santiago grew up with palm trees and warm weather near sunny Atlantic beaches in Florida and Puerto Rico before coming north to Massachusetts for college.  Now, she spends her time thinking about ice, specifically how climate change impacts sea-ice extent in the western Arctic Ocean.  Read more here.