Prospective Ph.D. students

We have one opening for a fully-funded Ph.D. student starting in Fall 2021 in the School of Earth Sciences at the Ohio State University.  A successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on one of the following research directions, with flexibility based on mutual interest:

  1. Regulation of plant hydraulics on land-atmosphere interaction;
  2. Hydroclimatic controls on forest resilience and drought-induced mortality;
  3. Impact of vegetation dynamics on hydrological processes and water resources;
  4. Vegetation change in the boreal-arctic region under warming and its global impact.

All applicants should meet the minimum requirements by the graduate school (see details here). Students with a strong quantitative background, including earth science, environmental science, geophysics, engineering, applied math, statistics, computer science, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Proficient programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, C, Fortran, or others) is preferred. Experience in one or more of the following is preferred: statistics or machine learning of large datasets, hydrological/ecological modeling, and cluster-based computing.

The application procedure can be found here. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Yanlan Liu ( to discuss potential research projects and opportunities before applying to the program. When contacting by email, please include curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, and a brief personal statement that highlights research interest and relevant skills.