[ES_JOBS_NET] Recruiting graduate students in Arctic and agricultural ecohydrology Brigham Young University

Ben Abbott benabbott at byu.edu
Tue Nov 21 14:38:32 MST 2017

M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities in ecohydrology, ecosystem ecology, and expert assessment in Arctic and agricultural landscapes

Two graduate student positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ben Abbott at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Students will work in an interdisciplinary and international team to develop a project in one of three areas (details at benabbott.byu.edu):

1.     Permafrost climate feedback: using stream networks as multi-scale sensors of landscape nutrient and permafrost dynamics

This project combines high-frequency carbon and nitrogen data with occasional, spatially extensive hydrochemistry throughout Arctic stream networks to identify the location and seasonal stability of nutrient sources and sinks in landscapes undergoing permafrost degradation. It involves fieldwork at Toolik Field Station and synthesis of circumpolar data.

2.     Freshwater landscapes in the Anthropocene: quantifying catchment resilience to anthropogenic disturbance and nutrient loading

This project addresses the global eutrophication crisis with new ecohydrological tools including biogeochemical tracers and spatiotemporal analyses. Fieldwork occurs in France and the Intermountain West in catchments with mixed agricultural and urban land use. The student will also facilitate synthesis activities with a large group of ecohydrologists from Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

3.     Combining expert opinions to inform policy: assessing risk of tipping points in subsea permafrost, global wildfire, and cyanobacterial blooms

This project uses expert assessment methods to quantify uncertainty and identify research priorities for urgent environmental issues. The student will work with an international team to develop and administer a series of quantitative surveys on response of subsea permafrost and global wildfire to climate change, and possible shifts in the frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms.

Applicants should have a B.S. in environmental science, ecology, or a related field, but excellent candidates from any field (including but not limited to humanities, social science, sustainability, and computer science) will be considered. Expected start date is May-September of 2018. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Abbott (benabbott at byu.edu<mailto:benabbott at byu.edu>) by December 30th with a CV and Cover letter describing research interests and experience.


Ben Abbott
Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
5113 LSB, 701 E. University Parkway
Provo, UT  84602

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