Two graduate opportunities - Stream Restoration and Subsurface/Energy Geochemistry

Charlotte, North Carolina
Mar 30, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Applicants are sought for two funded graduate opportunities at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, beginning August 2018:

(1) Stream Restoration:  This interdisciplinary research examines the impact of restoration on a 6 km2 urban forested watershed.  Overall project goals are to determine how watershed-scale restoration influences water quality, macroinvertebrate recovery, and groundwater-surface water interactions. Applicants with interest in groundwater-surface water interactions and their relationship to stream chemistry are especially encouraged to apply. Students will pursue independent research problems within the scope of this project while supporting a multi-year monitoring program in the restored watershed. B.S. or M.S. degree in a related field is required (M.S. is preferred).  Applicants with a M.S. degree may enter the Ph.D. program in Infrastructure & Environmental Systems or Ph.D. program in Geography. Master’s students may enter the M.S. program in Earth Sciences. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. David Vinson ( or Dr. Sandra Clinton (

(2) Subsurface/Energy Geochemistry:  A newly funded project will examine the generation of microbial methane and its precursor compounds during the biodegradation of coal beds. This study will include examination of gas and coexisting water from field sampling and a laboratory incubation.  Applicants with a MS degree may enter the PhD program in Infrastructure & Environmental Systems. A MS degree in geosciences or a related field, background in geochemistry, and interest in gas and water analysis is preferred.  Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. David Vinson (

Successful applicants should have an interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment and possess strong communication and quantitative skills. A stipend and tuition support are available. To apply, visit Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found.