PhD, biogeochemistry and weathering - Gainesville, FL, USA

A PhD in biogeochemistry and weathering is available at the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA.


Project leaders seek a PhD student to join the NSF-funded research project titled "Significance of Ice-loss to landscapes in the Arctic: SILA (Inuit concept of the physical world and weather)".

The project is housed within the Department of Geological Science, but will include interactions with collaborators in six departments and fieldwork in Greenland.

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The PhD research project will focus on either biogeochemical processes related to hydrology, weathering, microbially mediated reactions, and plant community succession, or radiogenic isotopes as tracers of dust and weathering processes in four watersheds extending from the ice to the coast.

Although the PhD student will matriculate in August 2021, opportunities exist for participation in fieldwork related to the project starting late spring 2021. The first field season will start May 2021.

Preference will be given to candidates interested in interdisciplinary collaborations, organizing and executing high latitude fieldwork, and relating their specific research on high latitude environmental sciences and climate change to non-science communities. Project leaders are also looking for candidates with demonstrated abilities to conduct independent research as well as effective oral and written communication skills.

Participants in the Greenland project embrace multiple perspectives and approaches. We encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of this academic endeavor.


The research goal is to take an integrated approach to studying feedbacks between hydrogeology, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, microbiology, botany, ecosystem ecology, and weathering associated with retreat of the Greenland Ice Sheet.


Applications for the PhD position are due 15 January 2021.

Information about the application procedure can be found at the Department website:

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Further information

For additional information, contact Jon Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about the biogeochemistry project or Ellen Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about the radiogenic isotope project.