31/01/2018

PhD in Earth and Ocean Science: Detection of forest water stress due to climate change in drought-prone regions of the Southwestern USA

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    Cardiff University
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    United Kingdom
  • FUNDING TYPE
    Funding
  • DEADLINE DATE
    31/03/2018
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Formal sciences
    Humanities
    Professions and applied sciences
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Outline

The two successful PhD students will join a large team of four principal investigators, one postdoc and three other PhD students in the USA on the fourth year, well-funded project that includes travel to remote and beautiful landscapes, opportunities to present your research at international conferences, and substantial interdisciplinary collaboration.

The overall project combines a range of methods (stable isotopes, remote sensing, numerical modeling of rainstorms and watershed moisture, dendrochronology, and forest inventories) to explore the regional expression of climate and climate change and its influence on riparian forests.

The project will develop a set of novel water stress indicators, metrics derived from remote sensing, tree ring isotopes, and characterization of trends in water forest health surveys, which express the state of the riparian forest in response to climatic stress affecting subsurface water availability. It also includes modeling of water fluxes and their availability to vegetation under various climate scenarios.

The project, funded by the US Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, emphasises the importance of riparian forests in drought-prone landscapes as thermal and moisture refuge for various threatened and endangered species

What is funded

The PhD studentship covers a stipend of approximately £15K per year.

It also includes all expenses related to travel to the USA forfieldwork, lab work, and/or project meetings, as well as attendance/presentation at international conferences.

Duration

3.5 years

Eligibility

Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)

Candidates with a range of experience will be considered.

Desirable skills and experience include (one or several): numerical modelling (Python, Matlab, and/or Fortran), analysis of stable isotope ratios (δ18O, δ13C), hydrological data analysis (time series, water balance, spatial interpolation, stochastic methods), dendrochronology, forest ecology, land/water conservation management.

Most of all, you should be self-motivated, intellectually curious, and interested in regional expressions of drought and climate change.