Ph.D. student assistantship available

The O’Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student.

 

Date posted

Jan. 16, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 31, 2020 12:00 am

Organization

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University

Location

  • United States

Job description

Ph.D. student assistantship available – Greenhouse gas fluxes and ecology of coastal wetlands

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 summer or fall of 2020.  This assistantship is co-sponsored and in association with Clemson University’s James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation Center.  We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding the role of hydrology, weather, and wetlands ecology and management in affecting carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous dioxide) exchange in wetlands of coastal South Carolina. The project will contrast dynamics in actively managed waterfowl impoundments with historic, relic rice fields that are naturally tidally inundated and restored rice fields in production of heirloom rice. The work will leverage a new and expanding cluster of four eddy covariance towers in coastal ecosystems, including managed and non-managed coastal wetlands and longleaf pine forests.

The student will take classes on the main campus and possibly at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science but conduct research at sites near the Institute.  A competitive research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) through Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences and the Kennedy Center is available for up to four years.

Clemson University is a highly selective, public, land-grant university and is classified as a Carnegie R1 Research University. The University is located in a college town setting on Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Clemson is a 2-hour drive from Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit: www.clemson.edu/about/.

The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (www.clemson.edu/baruch/) and Kennedy Center (www.clemson.edu/kennedycenter/) are located near historic Georgetown, SC.  Under a long-term agreement with the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the Institute is located on the 16,000-acre Hobcaw Barony at the southern end of the Waccamaw Neck and is 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 60 miles north of Charleston. Hobcaw Barony is located on the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by Winyah Bay and North Inlet Estuary. The Institute and Kennedy Center are housed together in a new 12,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified office building with an adjoining 7,000 sq. ft. laboratory and support facility.  Temporary housing is available on site for visiting scientists and students in a new 10-bed cottage.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biological sciences, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science or engineering field with strong quantitative abilities (e.g., mathematics, statistics, or computer programming) and self-motivation.

Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree in ecology, biological sciences, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science or engineering field.  Programming experience in MATLAB or R.  Fieldwork experience in ecology, especially in wetlands, or with eddy covariance data analysis.

To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and an introductory email stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. Tom O’Halloran by January 31, 2020.  Contact info and details about the lab are available here: http://bit.ly/ohalloranlab