[ES_JOBS_NET] Grad Student Opportunities in Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Oct 25 09:57:39 MDT 2013

The Yang Lab (https://sib.illinois.edu/yang) in Global Change Ecology and
Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry in the Departments of Plant Biology and
Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks creative and
motivated graduate students to join the lab in Summer/Fall 2014. We explore
how human activities are changing how natural and managed ecosystems
function and how ecosystem responses to global change can feedback to drive
or slow future global change. We are particularly interested in the
controls on greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of nitrogen deposition on
ecosystem nitrogen retention and loss, the effects of plant community
composition shifts on ecosystem nitrogen and carbon dynamics, and the
coupling of biogeochemical cycles beyond carbon and nitrogen. Students will
be encouraged to develop their own research related to these themes.
Potential local field sites include SoyFACE, the Energy Biosciences
Institute Energy Farm, the Woody Perennial Polyculture research site, the
Bondville Ameriflux site, and the Upper Sangamon Basin which is part of the
Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Prospective
students are also encouraged to consider applying for the IGERT program in
Vertically Integrated Training with Genomics (
http://www.igb.illinois.edu/vintg/igert), which provides the opportunity to
develop research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

There are multiple opportunities to join the lab to pursue a Master’s or
Ph.D. degree:
(1) Department of Plant Biology (
http://www.life.illinois.edu/plantbio/index.html) – Deadline January 1
(2) Department of Geology (http://www.geology.illinois.edu/) – Deadline
January 15
(3) Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (
http://sib.illinois.edu/peec/) – Deadline January 1

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Dr. Wendy Yang at
yangw at illinois.edu. Please include a brief statement of your research
interests and your CV.

Wendy H. Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Plant Biology and Geology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
265 Morrill Hall
505 S Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Lab/Office: 639 Morrill Hall
Office phone: 217-244-2614
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