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PhD/MSc position available –Ecology of coastal wetlands and sub-Arctic carbon cycling

Utah State University, Department of Watershed Sciences
Utah State University, Logan
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

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Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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An NSF funded PhD/MSc in the Atwood lab at Utah State University is available starting in early 2023. We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive person who is interested in understanding the role of herbivory, climate change, and wetland ecology and management in affecting carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) exchange in wetlands of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. The project will focus on waterfowl’s impacts on vegetation and the implications on the atmospheric exchange of greenhouse gases. This study does not focus on waterfowl themselves but instead on the ecosystem services and values of coastal wetlands in Alaska, knowledge of which is fundamental to conserving these and other coastal systems.


Graduate projects will focus on grazing effects on greenhouse gas dynamics, soil microbial communities, plant diversity, or carbon storage on subarctic wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. This project will require extensive time in the field, with 4-5 months living in a remote field camp.


Required Qualifications: Background and interest in ecology, soil microbiology, biological sciences, biogeochemistry, or other closely related fields in environmental science. We also seek individuals that have knowledge and experience working with statistical programs such as R, are self-motivated, work great in team environments, and have field experience in ecology or wetlands. Individuals with experience using LiCORs or other greenhouse gas analyzers are especially encouraged to apply. Because the successful applicant will spend one summer in a remote research camp in coastal western Alaska, we seek applicants that are excited about living in a remote location for up to 5 months of the year and those that have experience riding in and driving small boats. Please describe your experience or willingness to gain these experiences in your cover letter.


The individual must be able to begin fieldwork in early May 2023.

Review of applications will begin on January 30th and continue until the position is filled. All applications

In your application, please include: 

1. A cover letter that explains how your research and experience align with the skills and research activities listed above. 

2. A CV or resume

3. A list of three professional references and their contact information. 

Please send applications to Trisha Atwood:

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