PhD Assistantship for Coastal Wetland Morphology

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March 17, 2016

Available PhD Assistantship, Coastal Wetland Morphology
LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Description:
A Ph.D. Assistantship is available (beginning January 2015) to examine interactions between plants, sediments, and hydrodynamics along wetland shorelines in the Delaware Estuary, US.  The objectives are to quantify linkages between waves and marsh scarp dynamics and biophysical processes and sediment deposition along the marsh edge.  This research is part of a large collaborative project to assess changes to estuary morphology, including wetlands, over time and particularly due to channel dredging. Research techniques will include field surveying using Real Time Kinematic GPS, deploying pressure sensors for wave and water level measurement, measuring sedimentation and accretion rates, and plant structure and morphology.  The student will develop an independent research project while working with an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, coastal geologists, physical oceanographers, and modelers. Students with an interest in coastal wetland ecology and geomorphology would be most successful.

Qualifications:
Applicants must have a degree ecology, geology, environmental science or closely related field. MS graduates preferred. Experience in field data collection and analysis with spatial and statistical software (e.g., ArcGIS, SAS, R) is required. Experience in wetlands and trailering boats is desired. Successful applicants will be self-motivated but able to work well in teams.

Application:
Please send statement of interest (including career goals), CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for at least three references to:

Dr. Tracy Quirk
tquirk@lsu.edu

In addition, please fill out the LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences free online pre-application at http://www.oceanography.lsu.edu/index.php/academics/pre-application-form/

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