[ES_JOBS_NET] Michigan State University graduate student opportunities in carbon cycle science

Kyla Dahlin kdahlin at msu.edu
Tue Jan 10 07:11:36 MST 2017

Jiquan Chen and I are looking for a couple of graduate students. See below
and please share widely!


*Michigan State University graduate student opportunities in carbon cycle

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center
for Global Change and Earth Observation (CGCEO) at Michigan State
University (MSU) are pleased to announce at least two graduate student
positions in Socioecological carbon production in managed
agricultural-forest landscapes.

Successful candidates will possess and demonstrate relevant interest and
skills in one or more of the following topics: (1) Bottom-up scaling of
landscape C fluxes from in situ measurements (eddy covariance, chambers,
and biometric sampling); (2) Top-down estimates of C fluxes from a land
surface model (the Community Land Model); (3) land cover remote sensing
across multiple sensors; (4) socioecological analysis of managed landscapes
including life cycle analysis and structural equation modeling.

Successful applicants will play a significant role in research funded by
the NASA Carbon Cycle Science program. This work focuses on understanding
the quantitative contributions of land cover change, specific management
practices, and climate changes to the social and physical C fluxes of
managed ecosystems, with an initial focus on the Kalamazoo River watershed
in Michigan. Strong candidates will have experience with collaborative
interdisciplinary work.
If you have questions about these positions please contact Dr. Jiquan Chen (
jqchen at msu.edu) and/or Dr. Kyla Dahlin (kdahlin at msu.edu). For more
information about our groups, check out the LEES Lab (
http://lees.geo.msu.edu/) and the ERSAM Lab (http://www.msu.edu/~kdahlin)
webpages. More information about the project can be found at:

Students will be expected to produce compelling scientific articles for
publication in peer-reviewed journals. These PhD in Geography positions are
fully funded for three years. This includes an annual stipend plus tuition
and fees and involves collaboration with researchers in the Department of
Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, and the Kellogg
Biological Station (KBS). The ideal candidates should be highly motivated
individuals with strong interests in one or more of the above topics. The
successful applicants will have the opportunity to present the results of
their dissertation project at annual meetings and scientific conferences.
Preferred qualifications: MSc. degree in Geography, Ecology, or a related
field. Application deadline is February 1, 2017 (or until position is
filled). Starting date: Fall 2017 (Classes start on August 30, 2017).
Information about requirements and applying to the Geography program can be
found here: http://geo.msu.edu/graduate-information/apply/ and in the most
recent Graduate Handbook here:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer. The Department of Geography,
Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, the LEES Lab and the ERSAM
Lab are all committed to promoting diversity in research.

*Dr. Kyla M. Dahlin*
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Sciences
Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior
673 Auditorium Road Rm 122
East Lansing, MI 48824
*tel*: 517.353.9739
*email*: kdahlin at msu.edu
*web*: www.msu.edu/~kdahlin
*twitter*: @bristleweed
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