Graduate student positions - benthic systems (closes 1/15/2019)

ASLO Positions

Graduate student positions - benthic systems (closes 1/15/2019)

Graduate student positions – Carbon cycling and oxygen dynamics in coastal benthic systems (closes 1/15/2019)

Two graduate student positions (MS or PhD) at the University of Virginia are available to study carbon cycling and oxygen dynamics in coastal benthic systems, including seagrass meadows, permeable sands, macroalgal mats, and tidal flats and creeks.

Students will be advised by Peter Berg ( and join the highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences ( Applicants are anticipated to have a solid background in aquatic ecology, environmental science, or related disciplines, and have an interest in working with underwater in situ sensors, including aquatic eddy covariance instrumentation.

Ability to work as part of a team is a must, and the student’s research will include a mixture of field work, data analysis, and synthesis. Most of the work will be done as part of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program ( In addition, national and international trips to work with collaborators can be expected.

Students who show acceptable progression in their academic work are guaranteed full funding for their degree (2.5 years for MS and 5 years for PhD). This support is comprised of a mixture of teaching and research assistantships that together provide highly competitive student stipends, tuition, and health insurance.

The University of Virginia graduate school application deadline is January 15, 2019, for enrollment in the Fall of 2019, but those interested should contact Peter Berg ( in advance and provide a brief description on their background and motivation.