PhD Assistantship – Climate Change Responses in Coastal Arctic Wetlands

Utah State University
Logan, UT; YK Delta, Alaska
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A PhD student position is available to participate in an NSF-funded project examining the interaction of multiple climate change forcings on vegetation and ecosystem functioning in Arctic wetlands through field and laboratory research. Field work is conducted in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska and will involve an experiment with flooding, warming, and herbivory treatments followed by measurements of vegetation responses, and CO2 and CH4 gas fluxes. The successful candidate must start no later than 1 May 2023 (although 1 April 2023 is preferred), and be willing to work 3 months each summer in an extremely remote setting in western Alaska (e.g., no internet service, no running water). This work is in collaboration between faculty at South Dakota State University, the University of Colorado-Denver and Utah State University, and the student would interact with personnel from each location. The successful candidate will receive a tuition waiver; a 12-month stipend ($24,000/yr); and room, board and travel expenses during the summer field seasons. Four years of funding is available.
Required Qualifications: (1) A BS/BA degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or related field by December 2022; (2) strong academic record including previous research experience; (3) quantitative skills including introductory R; (4) excellent written and oral communication skills. Preferred Qualifications: (1) Prior experience conducting field research in or living in remote settings for extended periods; (2) experience with ATVs and small craft boats: (3) experience in plant identification; (4) experience with LICOR or other gas exchange systems; (5) MS degree preferred.
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Karen H Beard
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