Ph.D Fellowship - Paleolimnological Reconstructions in Sierra Nevada Lakes

We are seeking a Ph.D student to work on an NSF-sponsored paleo-investigation of high elevation lakes in the Sierra Nevada of California. The candidate would conduct research aimed at reconstructing past environmental conditions based on biological and geochemical markers in lake sediment cores. This work builds on the more than 30-year record of limnological and watershed research conducted at Emerald Lake in Sequoia National Park (

Education and experience – An MS degree in Biology, Ecology or Environmental Sciences is desired, but outstanding students with bachelor’s degrees and prior research experience may apply. We are especially looking for students with experience and interest in diatom taxonomy, invertebrate taxonomy, and paleolimnology. Fieldwork experience, especially in remote locations is also desired.

Interested students should e-mail the following information, as a single pdf file, to Dr. James Sickman at the University of California, Riverside ( i) a cover letter describing the applicant’s education, research experience and career aspirations, ii) a CV or resume and iii) a list of 2 or 3 professional references including their contact information. The starting date for the position is negotiable, but could be as soon as July, 2013, but no later than January, 2014. Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

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