[ES_JOBS_NET] graduate opportunity at the University of Kansas tererstrial biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Aug 28 17:44:19 MDT 2015

The Billings lab at the University of Kansas is seeking a Ph.D. student
interested in pursuing biogeochemical questions in terrestrial ecosystem
ecology.  We explore fundamental mechanisms governing ecosystem carbon and
nitrogen fluxes in boreal and temperate forests, and temperate grasslands.
The successful applicant will work at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory
(http://criticalzone.org/calhoun/), where we explore how historic land use
and climate interact to drive above- and belowground ecosystem processes in
intact forests and forests re-growing on former agricultural land.  Much of
our studies employ stable isotopes as a means to address ecological
questions.  The student will be encouraged to assess the relevance of
patterns illuminated at Calhoun in other systems, and via controlled
experiments in the lab.  The student will have the opportunity to interact
with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers, assist with the
development of CZ science (http://cri!
 ticalzone.org/), and become part of an energetic and driven group of
researchers keen to understand the interactions between life and its
abiotic surroundings.  For details, please contact Sharon Billings at
sharon.billings at ku.edu, after visiting the lab’s web page and reading
instructions for how best to express interest.

Sharon A. Billings
Associate Chair, Graduate Director
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kansas Biological Survey
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66047
sharon.billings at ku.edu
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