A PhD position is available for a project examining past climate change
effects on prairie pothole wetland ecosystems with Jon Sweetman at North
Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. The research will be based
at the Cottonwood Lake Study Area, located on the Missouri Coteau in
east-central North Dakota, and will be conducted in collaboration with Dave
Mushet (U.S. Geological Survey - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center).
The Cottonwood Lakes Study Area contains the longest continuous
data-collection record of a wetland ecosystem complex on the prairies.
Research was initiated at the study area in 1966, and detailed
investigations of the water chemistry, hydrology, and biological communities
of prairie pothole wetlands at the site continue at the site today. The PhD
student’s research would combine paleolimnological approaches along with an
examination of this extensive historical data set. Potential research
questions could focus on the impacts of long-term climate variability on
ecohydrology and aquatic ecosystems.
The ideal PhD student will be prepared to conduct field-based research as
well as have prior training in ecohydrology, aquatic ecology and/or
paleolimnology. The assistantship includes a full Ph.D. stipend and tuition
waiver for NDSU. More information about research in the Sweetman lab can be
found here: http://jonsweetman.com
All interested candidates should submit a C.V. and letter of interest to Jon
Sweetman (jon.sweet...@ndsu.edu). Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.