MS and PhD Positions: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Global Change Ecology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

The Yang Lab in Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry in the Departments of Plant Biology and Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks creative and motivated graduate students to join the lab in Summer/Fall 2014. The Yang Lab explores how human activities are changing how natural and managed ecosystems function and how ecosystem responses to global change can feedback to driveor slow future global change. The lab is particularly interested in the controls on greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of nitrogen deposition on ecosystem nitrogen retention and loss, the effects of plant community composition shifts on ecosystem nitrogen and carbon dynamics, and the coupling of biogeochemical cycles beyond carbon and nitrogen.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own research related to these themes. Potential local field sites include SoyFACE, the Energy Biosciences Institute Energy Farm, the Woody Perennial Polyculture research site, the Bondville Ameriflux site, and the Upper Sangamon Basin which is part of the Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Prospective students are also encouraged to consider applying for the IGERT program in Vertically Integrated Training with Genomics, which provides the opportunity to develop research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

There are multiple opportunities to join the lab to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree:
(1) Department of Plant Biology: Deadline January 1
(2) Department of Geology: Deadline January 15
(3) Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology: Deadline January 1

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Dr. Wendy Yang at yangw@illinois.edu. Please include a brief statement of your research interests and your CV.

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