Biology Master’s Degree Graduate Positions Available

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April 30, 2011

Two Biology Master’s Degree positions at Villanova University: Nitrogen Cycling in Boreal Peatland Ecosystems Applications are invited for two graduate students in the Department of Biology at Villanova University. Both projects are multi-investigator, and focus on the effects of enhanced nitrogen and sulfur deposition from Oil Sands Mining on various aspects of peatland ecosystem function in northern Alberta, Canada.

The successful candidate will work with researchers from university and government, industry partners, research technicians, undergraduate and other graduate students to help oversee a comprehensive field research program involving monitoring of ecological and biogeochemical processes in boreal bogs, as well as a field manipulation experiment to understand the impact of nitrogen deposition on the biogeochemical aspects of peatland ecosystem functioning. Setting critical loads for nitrogen deposition will be a key component of both projects. Specific research focus within this framework is flexible, but interest in peatland biogeochemical processes such as nutrient (carbon, nitrogen, sulfur) cycling, greenhouse gas production and and/or hydrologic nutrient export would be an asset. A Bachelors degree is required.

For more information about the position contact Dr. Kelman Wieder ( or Dr. Melanie Vile ( Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2011 or until the position is filled. To apply, please forward evidence of completion of Bachelor Degree requirements and CV to Kimberli Scott ( James Quinn ( by email.

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