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[Met-jobs] A PhD studentship (Modeling C dynamics in drained peatlands) in Memorial University in Canada

From "Wu, Jianghua" <>
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Date Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:46:05 +0000


Could you please help to circulate this PhD position in the met-jobs email list?

Thank you so much,


A PhD studentship available at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada):  
Modeling the C dynamics in boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage.

The studentship is available fully funded for four years. The expected start 
date is September 2018. The formal admission application deadline is Feb.1, 

The research question directing this project is "how can the changes in 
biogeochemical properties in boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage 
be parameterized in the McGill Wetland Model (MWM)"?  MWM needs to be adapted 
to incorporate the changes in hydrology and vegetation composition in the 
agriculturally drained peatlands. The newly developed/adapted model will be 
evaluated against the continuous eddy-covariance tower measurements (carbon 
dioxide and methane). Then the model will be applied to the global scale to 
examine how agricultural drainage affects C dynamics of northern peatlands. You 
are also expected to examine how these agriculturally drained peatlands would 
be affected in the future projected climate change in terms of carbon dioxide 
and methane fluxes. You will use our continuous half-hour C flux data (carbon 
dioxide and methane) from a natural peatland and an agriculturally drained 
peatland since September 2013 to parameterize and evaluate the model.

You need to have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in appropriate fields, for 
example, in soil science, ecology, earth system science, physical geography, 
hydrology, biogeochemistry, and micrometerology, or other suitable subjects. 
You are required to have: excellent oral and written skills in English; strong 
numerical analytical skills; experience with process-based ecosystem modeling; 
A good understanding of peatland/wetland C cycling and hydrology, and 
biophysical drivers of peatland/wetland processes; experience in computer 
programming (for example, Fortran, or C, C++) preferred. You are expected to 
write high-quality manuscript for publication in the high impact journals, 
present your work in international/national conferences, and fulfill other 
requirement for a Ph.D. degree.

Please see for 
further details about the Ph.D. programme. Please see for more details about the research group. 
Potential candidates are encouraged to send an informal copy of your 
application (including a letter of motivation/research statement, evidence of 
English Proficiency (required for international students), up-to-date 
curriculum vitae, writing samples or peer-reviewed publication, and unofficial 
transcripts to Dr. Jianghua Wu at<> with subject "PhD-Modeling". ?

Jianghua Wu, PhD
Associate Professor
Sustainable Resource Management
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook,
NL, A2H 5G4, Canada<>
Tel: 1-709-639-2735
Fax: 1-709-639-8125

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