PhD at Univ of Maine (posted 11/5/12)

 Graduate Research Assistantships in Forest
Soils/Biogeochemistry


 Two Graduate Research Assistantships will be available in 2012 in the area
of forest soils and ecosystem biogeochemistry in the laboratory of Ivan
Fernandez at the University of Maine.  We are seeking highly motivated
students interested in developing their research within the context of a
larger multi-disciplinary team.  Students seeking a Ph.D. or highly
qualified M.S. students may apply.  Applicants with research experience in
forest soils, ecology, environmental science or biogeochemistry are
preferred.  The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, tuition, and
health insurance.  There are several degree program major options available
to the students, depending on their background and professional interests,
such as Forest Resources or Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

 Both positions will include rigorous field research as well as detailed
laboratory studies.  One position will focus on the use of biochar as a soil
amendment to develop an advanced biofuel pathway for New England.  The
research will be conducted as part of a multidisciplinary research project,
and approaches for the use of biochar will include both mesocosm and field
experiments.  The second position will focus on the biogeochemistry of soil
response to long-term whole-watershed acidification, nitrogen enrichment,
and recovery.  Specific emphasis will be on sulfate and base cation response
mechanisms in soils. This project also is part of a larger, long-term,
multi-disciplinary, and collaborative research team.  Other opportunities
are also possible in the overall program in 2013.

 The University of Maine is Maine's Land Grant/Sea Grant flagship
institution, conveniently located near Acadia National Park on the scenic
Maine coast, and the mountains of the Mt. Katahdin and the Moosehead Lake
regions.  For more information about The University of Maine visit
http://www.umaine.edu/.

 Interested applicants are encouraged to send a letter of interest (prior
accomplishments, research experience and interests, future career goals), a
CV, transcripts, and GRE scores.  Details about the graduate admissions
process at The University of Maine can be found at The Graduate School web
site (http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/ <http://www2.umaine.edu/graduate/>).
Please contact:  Dr. Ivan J. Fernandez, University of Maine, School of
Forest Resources and Climate Change Institute, 5722 Deering Hall - Room 1,
Orono, ME 04469-5722. 207-581-2932. E-mail: ivanjf@maine.edu.
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