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MS Research Assistantship in ecological engineering/sciences for stormwater management at Washington State University

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“Improving the biogeochemical function of stormwater ditches for better stormwater management.”

The student will be at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center in Puyallup (PREC), 45 minutes south of Seattle, 15 minutes east of Tacoma.

We are looking for a motivated master’s student interested in hydrology, ecology, water quality, or geomorphology. This study will link critical ecological, geomorphic, and physiochemical functions to stormwater management in the Pacific Northwest. Ultimately, this study will contribute to improved ditch construction and maintenance practices in the Puget Sound region of western Washington. This work is part of  Washington Stormwater Center’s efforts to bring research and science to western Washington communities.

Field sites are located in Tacoma, a few miles from PREC. The student will be part of a small graduate student body that take classes and conduct research wholly at PREC. Puyallup is a small city between the two urban hubs of Seattle and Tacoma. Puyallup is an hour from incredible hiking and outdoor recreation around Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains and only two hours from the magical Olympic National Forest.

Applicants should be interested in fieldwork and have good analytical and writing skills. As the project bridges geochemistry, soil science, and hydraulics, some laboratory or computer modeling experience would be advantageous. Degrees will be granted by WSU’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering, or the School of the Environment, depending on the student’s undergraduate background.

We seek a student who can begin coursework in fall 2021 with the possibility of doing fieldwork in summer 2021, based on COVID-19 restrictions in effect at that time. Interested students can email Dr. Ani Jayakaran ( for further details.

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