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September 30th, 2020

Graduate student opportunities in environmental science

Job Description

Are you a graduate student or potential grad student interested in how water moves around and interacts with rock, soil, air, and living organisms?  A newly funded project to study the critical zone--the thin layer at Earth's surface that supports life--gives you an opportunity for funded research at CU or one of five other universities.

We are seeking highly motivated graduate students who are broadly interested in earth and environmental sciences, including hydrology, biogeochemistry, forest ecology, geophysics, and/or geology.  Field experiments and modeling efforts will occur across five watersheds in Colorado and California. The project links the fields of water science, forest ecology, rock chemistry and soil chemistry. The project connects the way water moves and is stored in the ground to how trees grow and to how soil and rocks change. Studying these interactions is important to understanding how Earth will respond to future changes in climate. 

The project is a collaboration among nine researchers from six universities and student opportunities exist across institutions. In addition, graduate students will have an opportunity to visit a collaborating institution and work with a diverse team.

Applicants don't need to have a degree in Earth Science or Geoscience to be considered; degrees in fields such as biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, applied math or other physical science fields are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented students and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. See more info on the CU Geography website, including who to email about your particular field of interest.


Holly R. Barnard
Associate Professor
(Office) 303 735-7062