Multiple Ph.D. positions in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
Sep 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2021 in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.  Please contact the faculty listed below for more information.  Details on applying to Cornell are available here:

Atmospheric Sciences: Prof. Natalie Mahowald ( is seeking students interested in the modeling of the interactions of insoluble particles (dust, ash) with climate and biogeochemistry.

Precipitation, extreme events, and climate change: Professor Angeline Pendergrass ( is seeking at least one PhD student to join her team working on the Earth's hydrological cycle, climate dynamics, variability and change in the field of atmospheric sciences.

Climate science: Professor Flavio Lehner ( is looking for at least one PhD student to work on global to regional climate variability and change using global climate models and observations, with an eye on understanding large-scale drivers of impact-relevant phenomena such as heatwaves, drought, wildfires or compound events.

Geospace science: Prof. David Hysell ( is seeking multiple students to work on theory and observations of phenomena in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere related to space weather. Projects will involve the use of large international facilities as well as instruments made in our lab together with numerical simulations and forecast models.

Environmental Biogeochemistry: Prof. Matthew Reid is seeking a PhD student to examine impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on sulfur speciation in estuarine and coastal wetlands, with a focus on couplings between cycling of organic sulfur and elements including arsenic and selenium. (

Evolution of Southern Hemisphere Paleofloras: Prof. Maria A. Gandolfo  is looking for a student interested in working on K-Pg paleofloras from Patagonia. For further information, please contact

Experimental petrology/geochemistry: Potential areas of research include investigations of planetary redox, trace element thermobarometry and diffusion speedometry. For more information, please contact Prof. Megan Holycross (

Seismology and rock mechanics: Prof. Greg McLaskey ( is looking for a PhD student to work on the mechanics of earthquakes and the generation of seismic waves by means of large-scale laboratory experiments.  

Seismology: Prof. Geoff Abers ( is seeking a PhD student interested in imaging and earthquake processes in subduction zones, integrating many recently-collected onshore and offshore datasets in Alaska, Japan, Cascadia and elsewhere. 

Geophysics, volcanology, and remote sensing: Prof. Rowena Lohman ( is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on satellite observations of ground surface change, including innovative measurements of soil moisture from space.  Prof. Matt Pritchard ( is looking for a Ph.D. student to work on combined ground and satellite observations of volcanic activity involving potential fieldwork in Bolivia and/or Chile and developing an inter-disciplinary global synthesis of volcano remote sensing observations.

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