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PhD opportunity: Tracking the Fluxes of Organic Matter from Land to Water to Build Resilience in an era of Global Change

15.11.2016 - James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland

This PhD studentship aims to address a major knowledge gap in the present understanding of the magnitude of lateral carbon fluxes from the terrestrial to aquatic environments and the fate of this carbon across the soil-aquatic continuum, with the ultimate aim of improving these estimates in global climate model predictions. The project will test the use of emerging state-of-the-art techniques, using naturally occurring biomarkers such as plant-derived n-alkanes and fatty acids, and their isotopic signatures, as the new potential tool for tracing of soil organic matter and act as land-management specific tracers of fluvial organic matter over decadal timescales in three contrasting Scottish catchments. This research project offers an outstanding opportunity for interdisciplinary training crossing the boundaries of biogeochemistry, hydrology, soil science and geomorphology and will enable the successful applicant to develop highly sought-after skills in field science, analytical chemistry and statistical modelling.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in a relevant subject (Hydrology, Soil Science, Geography, Geomorphology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or similar). The studentship covers full UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend for 3 years. Funding is also available for additional project costs (including field and laboratory work, conference attendance, etc.).

Application deadline is 6st January 2017.

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