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PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in Paleoclimatology
Buffalo, New York
University at Buffalo
  • Graduate Position
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
2021-12-15

Postdoc Opportunities

The UB Paleoclimate Dynamics group is seeking postdocs to join the UB Climate group, to start ~summer 2022. We have one funded postdoc position and we welcome discussions about NSF-AGS, NSF-EAR, NOAA C&GC, and other external postdoctoral fellowships.

Please get in touch with Professor Elizabeth Thomas at: ekthomas at buffalo dot edu. In your email, please describe your interests and background, and attach your CV.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The UB Paleoclimate Dynamics group is recruiting at least one graduate student to start summer 2022.

I seek highly motivated team members 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.

I encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in the geosciences (including, but not limited to, black, indigenous, and people of color) to apply; I am committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members can learn and excel.

If you're interested in Arctic and mid-latitude paleoclimate, especially via biomarkers, light stable isotopes, and/or models, please get in touch with Elizabeth Thomas at: ekthomas at buffalo dot edu. In your email, please describe your interests and background, and attach your CV.

New team members would work on some combination of the following funded projects:

Project 1:
RAW: Rapid Arctic Warming
Patterns and processes of rapid Arctic warming based on paleoclimate observations and models

UB students: Hannah Holtzman MS student, Harleena Franklin PhD student
I am seeking one graduate student to join an NSF-ARCSS-funded interdisciplinary team at the University at Buffalo (UB) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) that aims to better understand the feedbacks, patterns, and processes associated with rapid warming in the Arctic.

Research for this project entails a range of activities, including:

  • lab work to generate records of temperature and precipitation change at six sites throughout the Arctic,
  • proxy system modeling to interpret proxy records,
  • collaboration with NAU team who will be synthesizing & analyzing existing proxy records and climate models,
  • semester-long exchanges between UB and NAU
  • outreach with UB's EarthEd Institute, a continuing education summer program for high school science teachers

Project 2:
CHARMinG: Climate, Hydrology, & Action for Rapid climate Mitigation in the Great lakes
CAREER: Back to the Future-Integrating Research on the Mid-latitude Climate Response to Rapid Warming with Experiential Curriculum that Turns Knowledge into Action
I am seeking one PhD student to join an NSF-Paleoclimate-funded team that aims to better understand the feedbacks, patterns, and processes associated with rapid warming in the Great Lakes Region AND that trains UB students in a project-based course to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

Research for this project entails a range of activities, including:

  • monthly field work to collect sediment, plant, and water samples,
  • lab work to generate high-resolution temperature and precipitation records during periods of rapid warming,
  • set up and validation of a lake water and leaf wax proxy system model,
  • proxy system modeling to interpret proxy records,
  • synthesizing & analyzing existing proxy records,
  • working with the education team to implement & improve project-based curriculum for UB's Carbon Reduction Challenge course

Project 3:
GRate: – Integrating data and modeling to quantify rates of Greenland Ice Sheet change, Holocene to future
I am seeking one PhD student to join a cohort of trainees on an NSF-ARCSS-funded interdisciplinary team that aims to better understand past and future Greenland Ice Sheet change.

Research for this project entails a range of activities, including:

  • summer field work to collect sediment, plant, and water samples,
  • lab work to generate Holocene temperature and precipitation records,
  • set up and validation of a lake water and leaf wax proxy system model,
  • proxy system modeling to interpret proxy records,
  • collaboration with University of Washington team to synthesize & assimilate existing proxy records with climate models

Apply to join my team here: arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/geology/apply.html

Email me with questions: ekthomas at buffalo dot edu

*UB Geology does not require GRE for graduate admissions!*

2021-10-08

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