I am writing to express my interest in applying for the Doctoral Research project “Mapping of Ecosystem Services” at XXX sited in XXX.
I believe my professional and educational background enable me to make a strong contribution at the XXX. I am Forestry Engineer specialized in silviculture at the YYY University. Throughout my studies I took extensive training in mathematics, statistics and models. In addition, among all these disciplines, I liked best those which explained the functioning of nature and its cycles (ecology, meteorology, soil sciences, pastures...), both on the smallest and the largest scales.
Moreover, in 2008 I obtained an MSc degree in Forest and Nature Conservation (specialized in Policy and Management) at ZZZ University. I was interested in understanding decision-making procedures and rural development processes. During that time I did some research within a team work involving Payments for Environmental Services (PES). Furthermore, after finishing these university studies, I attended an fascinating 300-hour course in GIS and environmental management at the YYY University which I liked very much. I am really keen on deepening my knowledge of spatial analysis using this powerful tool.
My long-standing aim is to be actively involved with research in an area that I find very exciting, such as ecology and spatial analysis utilizing GIS software. I believe research on ecosystem services is strongly needed in order to evaluate them and examine their possibilities of true application at the service of society's well-being and sustainable development.
Finally, I am looking forward to join the XXX team and I remain at your disposal for further contacts.