[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Assistantship in Boreal Soil Biogeochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Jun 3 13:32:46 MDT 2013

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From: Susan Ziegler <sziegler at mun.ca>
Date: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Hello All:

Please pass along this opportunity announcement (pasted below and
attached) to anyone you feel would be interested.

Best regards,

Ph.D. assistantship: Impacts of climate change on boreal forest soil
organic matter chemical composition.

A Ph.D. graduate assistantship is available for a keen and motivated
student interested in research and training centered around
understanding the impact of climate change on boreal forest soil
organic matter reservoirs.  This assistantship is available as part of
an NSERC Strategic Project research team made up of foreign
collaborators, provincial and Canadian Forest Service partners as well
as Memorial University researchers in Earth Sciences and Chemistry.
The project is focused on exploiting the established Newfoundland and
Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT) with four
sites located in western Newfoundland and southern Labrador. The
project is focused on the potential alterations in microbial
transformations of soil organic matter (SOM) and losses of relatively
slow turnover pools of SOM that may occur with warming along this
boreal forest transect. To isolate the potential impact of warming
while maintaining an ability to apply the results to intact boreal
forests, our group has been conducting investigations of soils along
the NL-BELT and combining these with manipulative warming experiments
to develop biogeochemical indicators of soil responses to increasing
temperature.  It is anticipated that this Ph.D. student will focus on
the alteration of the chemical composition of soil pools and their
sources with warming and across this boreal forest latitudinal
gradient via multiple techniques but with a focus on solid state
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Experience with soil
biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, and/or environmental chemistry
particularly at the M.Sc. level will be important.  Consideration of
students seeking a M.Sc. degree will only be considered in cases where
a strong background of experience in environmental chemistry is
demonstrated (e.g. successful B.Sc. honors thesis). Applicants should
be willing and able to conduct field research at remote study sites
for weeks at a time.

This assistantship will be available as early as September 1, 2013
through the Department of Earth Sciences or the Ph.D. program in
Environmental Sciences at Memorial University (http://www.mun.ca/).
Memorial is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the
province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the
educational life of Newfoundland and Labrador
(http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com). Offering a diverse set of
undergraduate and graduate programs for approximately 18,000 students,
Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for
learning in St. John’s (http://www.stjohns.ca/index.jsp), a very safe,
friendly city with great historical charm, a vibrant cultural life,
and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.

Please direct inquires or send applications, including letter of
interest and detailed curriculum vitae (including contact information
for 3 references), to:

Dr. Susan Ziegler

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science

Department of Earth Sciences

Memorial University

St. John’s, NL  A1B 3X5



sziegler at mun.ca

Applications will be considered until July 15, 2013.

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Susan Ziegler
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science
Department of Earth Sciences
Memorial University
sziegler at mun.ca
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