PhD Research Assistantship in coastal wetland carbon cycle

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nov 12, 2018
Dec 12, 2018
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

PhD Research Assistantship in coastal carbon cycle

The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Studies at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge invites PhD applicants to join the Marine Geochemistry group on a NASA funded project to understand the fate, transformation and transport of carbon from coastal wetlands to open ocean.

Project Description

Coastal Louisiana is currently experiencing one of the highest relative sea level rise in the world, making it an ideal region to study potential future impacts of rising sea level on coastal systems. This project will use field and experiment data to study the fate of organic carbon resulting from erosion of marsh soils along with its impact on associated biogeochemical processes. The goal of this study is to (i) quantify the amount of carbon being transported from eroding marshes to open ocean and (ii) understand the fate and transformation of organic carbon sequestered in these marshes, as these region gets eroded and lost due to rising sea-level and sinking of land.

Desired Qualification

The successful candidates will have a Bachelors or Master’s degree in marine science, geology, environmental science, soil scieince or other related field, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in field work in Louisiana wetland and offshore Gulf of Mexico. The position has an expected start date of Summer/Fall 2019 and carries a graduate assistantship of $25,000 plus full tuition waiver. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest and a resume to Dr. Kanchan Maiti (, as well as complete a graduate school application at