[ES_JOBS_NET] multiple MS/PhD opportunities available at Kent State University

Jefferson, Anne ajeffer9 at kent.edu
Sun Nov 23 08:25:03 MST 2014

MS or PhD student opportunities in Earth Science

Department of Geology, Kent State University

Four enthusiastic faculty are seeking MS or PhD students to conduct research focused on hydrology/geomorphology, biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry and mineralogy, and tectonics/geophysics. Available projects and faculty mentors are described below.

Successful applicants will join the Department of Geology at Kent State University in August 2015 (Fall Semester). Support will be a combination of teaching and research assistantships (including tuition and health insurance) and is available for 2 years for MS students and 4 years for PhD students. The Department of Geology has over 30 active graduate students and a wide variety of analytical facilities. We have vigorous ties with faculty in Biological Sciences, Geography, and Architecture. More information on the Department of Geology can be found at: http://www.kent.edu/geology/index.cfm.

Hydrology/Geomorphology:  Opportunities are available working with Dr. Anne Jefferson (ajeffer9 at kent.edu<mailto:ajeffer9 at kent.edu>) in the Watershed Hydrology Lab (http://all-geo.org/jefferson).  Research will involve a significant field component, but may also include stable isotope and water quality lab work and GIS analyses. A specific project will be chosen based on mutual interests from, the following possible projects:

•       Quantifying effects of green infrastructure on water and nutrient budgets;

•       Isotopic variability of surface waters in northeastern Ohio, as a function of urban land uses and groundwater-surface water interaction; and

•       Controls on stream morphology and sediment export within Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Holocene, multi-century, and modern timescales.

 Environmental Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry: Dr. Elizabeth Herndon (eherndo1 at kent.edu<mailto:eherndo1 at kent.edu>) is seeking graduate students to conduct research related to environmental geochemistry and biogeochemistry (elizabethherndon.weebly.com<http://elizabethherndon.weebly.com>). Projects will include a combination of field work, laboratory experiments, and spectroscopy. Students will learn to operate analytical instruments to characterize soil and water chemistry. Recent projects include:

  *   •       Human impacts on soil geochemistry and mineral weathering
  *   •       Influence of vegetation on element transport through watersheds
  *   •       Geochemical drivers of organic matter decomposition in anoxic tundra soils

Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Opportunities are available to work with Dr. David Singer (dsinger4 at kent.edu<mailto:dsinger4 at kent.edu>) in the Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry Lab (https://sites.google.com/a/kent.edu/dsinger/).  Research involves laboratory and field experiments on the fate and transport of trace metal in the environment, with a focus on water-energy systems.  Experimental work includes Synchrotron-based X-ray experiments.  Recent projects include:

  *   •       Metal speciation and distribution in the Marcellus shale
  *   •       Transformations of iron (oxy)hydroxides in acid mine drainage settings
  *   •       Soil development on coal mine tailings
  *   •       Ion sorption and diffusion into mesoporous materials

Tectonics/Geophysics: Dr. Chris Rowan (crowan5 at kent.edu<mailto:crowan5 at kent.edu>) is seeking graduate students with interests in tectonic processes and/or paleo- and rock magnetism (http://all-geo.org/chris_rowan/). Research will focus on unravelling global and regional patterns of  tectonic deformation by integrating field data with laboratory and modelling studies. Potential projects include:

•   Reconstructing strain evolution at collisional plate boundaries;

•   Studying the history and drivers of global plate motions;

•   Analogue modelling of complex deforming regions.

Interested students should have a background in geology, earth science, chemistry, hydrology/water resources, or civil and environmental engineering. Strong applicants will have a solid academic record (>3.5/4.0 GPA, >70th percentile on GRE) and previous research experience. Applicants not meeting these criteria will also be considered based on a compelling letter of interest.  Interested students should contact their prospective advisor by December 15th, 2014. Please send a letter of interest (including your academic and research background and specific research interests), unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references. Completion of a formal application through the Graduate School is required by January 15th, 2015, and information on this process can be found at http://www.kent.edu/geology/graduate/gradapplication.cfm.

Anne Jefferson
ajeffer9 at kent.edu<mailto:ajeffer9 at kent.edu>

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