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Fully funded PhD Position, coastal ocean acidification and marine micropaleontology

Drivers and Impacts of Coastal Ocean Acidification

Coastal waters around the world are subject to a number of environmental
stressors, such as eutrophication, temperature increase and deoxygenation.
Recently, another stressor has received considerable scientific and societal
attention - ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is caused by the increase
in carbon dioxide pressure as a consequence of increased carbon emissions to
the atmosphere, foremost due to burning of fossil fuels. For coastal seas, the
situation is more complex with several other factors such as increased amount
of organic matter and larger runoff from land also contribute to lowering the
pH. Within this project, we want to study the impact of different pH-lowering
drivers and reconstruct how the benthic environment in the Skagerrak - Baltic
region has changed over the past 200 years.

The proposed PhD project comprise of water and sediment cores sampling,
sediments containing calcareous microorganisms -foraminifera. The PhD student
will be focusing on faunal and shells analyses on foraminifera from the
Baltic-Skagerrak region. These analyses will be coupled to different
environmental variables, hydrography, geochemical and pore water data. With the
aim to reconstruct how the benthic environment in the Skagerrak - Baltic region
has changed over the past 200 years.

The applicant is expected to hold a Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences,
Environmental Sciences, Biology or Chemistry with a strong focus on marine
sciences. Documented experience and interest of micropaleontological work
together with experience of scientific publication in English is strongly qualifying.
Faunal analyses, MicroComputedTomography and nanoSIMS analyses will be
important tools; interest for microscope work, image analyses and advanced
geochemical methods is an advantage. Ability to work independently as well as
with others is a necessity together with strong communication skills. Ability
and interest to participate in field work at sea is a necessity.

We offer a full-time PhD position for 4 years with social security benefits, the possibility to for
field work at sea and to work in a multi-disciplinary project. The position
will be located at the Department of Geology; the research subject is
Environmental Science.

The project will be carried out within the framework of the Linnaeus environment
“Centre for Studies of Carbon Cycle and Climate Interactions (LUCCI)”, and the Strong Research
Environment “Managing Multiple Stressors in the Baltic Sea (MultiStressors)”

Advisors are: Helena Filipsson, Emma Kritzberg and Karl Ljung

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