Graduate student research position on Wildfire Project

Project Description. Wildfires are increasing in frequency and severity in many parts of the world, including the western United States. In addition to impacts on public safety, natural ecosystems, and climate change, wildfire emissions contribute to air pollution that is harmful to public health. In this project, we will estimate the contribution of recent wildfires in California to air pollution across the state and map exposed populations to estimate public health effects.

Brief Description of Anticipated Tasks. The student will contribute to the project by comparing the results of atmospheric modeling simulations to observations from ground monitoring stations and satellites. No previous experience with atmospheric modeling is necessary.

Qualifications. The minimum required skills are experience with data analysis and statistical techniques. Coding experience would be an advantage but is not required. Students will need access to a computer but can perform all tasks remotely. This opportunity is open to UCLA graduate students at any stage in their program.

Project Timing. The start date is immediate through the end of the spring quarter, with the possibility of extension through the summer. Students should commit to approximately 10 hours per week pending qualifications.

Outcome. The student will gain experience working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists on an applied science project. The student will develop skills that include working with atmospheric modeling data, validation with remote sensing and ground-based observations, and estimating air quality impacts.

Contact. Dr. Miriam Marlier, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences (mmarlier@ucla.edu).