About the Project
This PhD will study the impacts of extreme climatic events on soil carbon cycling and fluxes in arctic ecosystems, with methods including measurements of soil carbon, assessment of CO2 fluxes using infra-red gas analysis, and C tracing techniques. It will also use state-of-the-art molecular ecology approaches (e.g. Illumina MiSeq, Nanopore, and associated bioinformatics) to determine changes in the biodiversity and functioning of the soil microbes that cycle carbon.
Based at the University of Sheffield, the project will include microbial molecular work at the University of York, with support from the University of York’s Technology Facility, and fieldwork in northern Norway where the student will benefit from working with scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.
This PhD is an exciting opportunity for a student with interests in the effects of climate change to develop interdisciplinary approaches to science in a topic of major current importance in Arctic ecosystem research.
The PhD would, therefore, suit a motivated student interested in ecosystems, climate change and carbon cycling, with enthusiasm for a mix of lab and field work.
This PhD project is part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment https://acce.shef.ac.uk/. ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, York, CEH, and NHM.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of Sheffield the w/c 11th February 2019.
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