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[Met-jobs] Graduate opportunities - Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change - Texas Tech University

From Nick Smith <nick.gregory.smith@gmail.com>
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Date Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:29:34 -0500

PhD and Masters Opportunities
Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change
Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX

I am looking for motivated PhD or Masters students interested in exploring terrestrial 
ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate change. In my lab, we use a combination 
of empirical, theoretical, and simulation studies to examine feedbacks between terrestrial 
plants and soils and the Earth's climate system. You will have the opportunity to work on a 
variety of topics at a number of different scales, from the leaf to the globe. Topics 
currently being studied in the lab include: 

- Photosynthetic acclimation to climate change 
- Physiological mechanisms underlying plant biomass responses to nutrient addition 
- Mechanistic models of plant respiration 
- Land use decision - climate feedbacks 
- Agricultural responses to climate 
- Development of next generation land surface models

More information about the lab is at www.smithecophyslab.com.

The lab has financial support for multiple students through a combination of research and 
teaching assistantships.

Requirements: (1) Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, including, but not limited to 
Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Atmospheric Science, Geoscience, 
Physics, Computer Science, or Statistics; (2) interest in gaining empirical and modeling 
skills; (3) curiosity about how the natural world works; (4) ability to work independently 
and collaboratively.

Interested students are encouraged to first contact Nick at nick.smith@ttu.edu
Application details can be found at 
www.depts.ttu.edu/biology/Graduate/graduatestudies.php.

Positions are available starting as early as Summer 2018.

Nick Smith
Assistant Professor - Texas Tech University
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Purdue University
Email: nick.smith@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-834-7363
Website: www.smithecophyslab.com


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