The O’Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student starting in spring, summer or fall of 2018. We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding carbon cycling in any of several contexts: biomass feedstock production, managed loblolly and longleaf pine plantations, and coastal wetland ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to create their own research project out of several ongoing funded activities, including at AmeriFlux sites in Virginia (loblolly pine and switchgrass biomass feedstock plantations) and new eddy covariance towers in salt marsh and longleaf pine forest in coastal South Carolina. Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, aerosol new particle formation, biophysical climate feedbacks of land cover change, and longleaf pine carbon and water cycling. A student with sufficient incoming transfer credits will spend one year completing coursework on main campus and then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science to join the lab group at the coast and complete their fieldwork and writing. A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science with strong quantitative abilities and self-motivation.
Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science. Programming experience in MATLAB or R. Fieldwork experience in ecology or forestry.
To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O’Halloran. Review of applicants begins immediately. Contact info and more details about the lab are available here: