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

From Nick Smith <>
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

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
Application details can be found at

Positions are available starting as early as Summer 2018.

Nick Smith
Assistant Professor - Texas Tech University
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Purdue University
Phone: 806-834-7363

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