Mouw Aquatic Optics & Remote Sensing LaB

Michigan Technological University


Thanks for investigating opportunities in the Mouw Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing Labratory at Michigan Technological University.  Below you will find information for students and researchers interested in working with my research group, based in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences and the Great Lakes Research Center. 

The lab focuses on applied, interdisciplinary questions related to the drivers and processes that control biological, biogeochemcial and physical variability in aquatic systems. Our work spans spatial scales of inland lakes, Great Lakes, and the global ocean.  Research methods include remote sensing, as well as laboratory and field based optical and biogeochemcial measurements. This type of research connects with multiple disciplines and degree programs. 


If you are interested in a post-doctoral position in the Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing laboratory, please contact me directly to strategize about post-doctoral fellowships and proposal opportunities to help fund your position. 


I currently have several projects that undergraduates are able to get involved with.  Much of our research is computer oriented and based in MATLAB.  In preparation for and during the field season, (March - October) there are often opportunities to contribute to field observations and laboratory sample processing.  If you are interested in research opportunities, please email me with the following information, 1) cover letter indicating your interest and what you hope to gain from the experience, 2) resume or CV, and 3) copy of your unofficial transcripts.


Students working with me are able to earn a M.S. or Ph.D in Geology or Biological Sciences.  For an overview of these programs or for detailed information on degree requirements and application procedures, please consult the Geology and Biological Sciences Graduate program web pages and communicate directly with the graduate advising staff ( or

In addition to degree programs, Michigan Tech offers an optional graduate certificate program in Sustainable Water Resource Systems allowing students to develop proficiency in understanding current water resource issues and earn a credential to reflect their understanding of water resources from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes policy, natural sciences, and applied sciences.  Certificate programs are optional, but the interdisciplinary nature of our research lends itself well to the certificate program foci.  Students will also benefit from interactions with the Great Lakes Research Center, Center for Water and Society and the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute.

Support for students in my lab will typically come from Research Assistantships (RAs), where you contribute to a specific research project, and Teaching Assistantships (TAs) where you help professors teach courses.  Both RAs and TAs receive a stipend, personal health insurance and tuition remission.  I also encourage prospective and current students to apply for their own funding through external fellowships especially the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the NSDEG Graduate Fellowship, which you can apply for while working on your MTU application. 

I will see any application that explicitly mentions me as a potential advisor, and you can make sure I do not miss your application by sending me a separate email with the following information: 1) a brief statement of your research and career goals, and your basic reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, 2) your resume or CV, and 3) names and institutions of 3 people you will ask for letters of recommendation.  I encourage you to email me before submitting your application if you feel that your interests are a good fit with my group.



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