I am recruiting a PhD student to study how microbial communities partition carbon differently under warming or elevated CO2 scenarios in a southern boreal peat bog, using microbial biomarker and stable isotope methods. This work is being done in relation to a large project being undertaken to understand ecosystem responses to warming and elevated CO2 in a southern boreal spruce peat bog, one of the habitats most at danger from the effects of climate change (http://mnspruce.ornl.gov/).
I seek an applicant with strong enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and solving environmental challenges, where research includes field and laboratory procedures that contribute to understanding ecosystem responses to climate change. Strong written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as an active member of a research community, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, and perform high quality laboratory analyses. Ideal candidates will also have knowledge of soil ecology and/or microbiology, and have prior research experience.
Applications are due to the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior graduate program by December 1, 2016:
Successful applicants will have a graduate home in the housed in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program (http://cbs.umn.edu/academics/departments/eeb/graduate/about-program) and will have research housed in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.
I’m happy to answer questions or discuss the project more with interested candidates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org