Dr. Meng is a physical geographer with research interest and expertise in climate variability and climate change as well as their impacts on hydrological and terrestrial ecosystems. He uses the Community Earth System Model (CESM) to investigate hydrological and biogeochemical processes that are interactive with climate Attention (04/2012): Graduate student opportunities in Climatology. The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography at Western Michigan University is accepting applications for a research assistantship in the Climatology. We are seeking a highly qualified M.S. student interested in pursing research in land-atmosphere interactions and drought analysis with a focus on drought in China. Applicants should have strong backgrounds in hydrology, atmospheric sciences or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in statistics, climate modeling (etc., CESM), and programming (fortran, ncl). One year of assistantship is available, renewable for the second year dependent on performance and availability of funds. For further information on the research projects contact Lei Meng (lei.meng at wmich.edu). More information on application for admission can be found at http://www.wmich.edu/geography/academics/apply-grad.html. For further information on programs in the Department of Geography interested students are encouraged to visit http://www.wmich.edu/geography/. Western Michigan University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.