Graduate student positions, Arctic warming - Buffalo, NY, and Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Up to four graduate student positions (MS and/or PhD) are available within the NSF-ARCSS-funded project "Rapid Arctic Warming" to start in Summer or Fall 2021.


The project is led by an interdisciplinary team at the University at Buffalo (UB) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) and aims to better understand the feedbacks, patterns, and processes associated with rapid warming in the Arctic.

The UB team will quantify the climate response to three periods of abrupt warming (14,500; 11,700; and 8,000 years ago) by generating new temperature and precipitation records based on lipid biomarkers and compound-specific isotopes. We will also refine and apply proxy system models, which allows more direct comparison with climate model output for these time periods. The NAU team will develop new methods for extensive and precise chronological control for our sediment records, and will conduct paleoclimate data synthesis, analysis, and climate modeling.

There are opportunities for semester-long exchanges between UB and NAU. The project team will also contribute to outreach efforts that aim to connect K–12 students in Buffalo and Flagstaff to higher-education opportunities.


We are looking for highly motivated students with excellent communication skills in English (written and oral), and with experience with, or a strong interest in developing skills in, numerical modeling and scientific programming skills. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in the geosciences (including, but not limited to, black, indigenous, and people of color) to apply; we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members can learn and excel.

If you’re interested in applying to work on this project or just want to learn more, check out our research websites:

Further information

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