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PhD position in mercury pollution

PhD opportunity to study historic mercury pollution using tree rings
The Gustin Mercury Lab in collaboration with the Nevada Paleoenvironmental Analysis Laboratory (NevPAL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is recruiting a PhD student to work with us on an NSF-funded project to investigate how trees record atmospheric mercury and to develop long-term records of atmospheric mercury using a combination of tree-ring stable isotopes, dendrochronological approaches, and dendrochemistry.

The PhD student will investigate the role that past leaf-level gas exchange and physiological responses to climate has in impacting how trees uptake mercury and use this information to develop long-term records of atmospheric mercury from tree rings in the Great Basin and the northern Rocky Mountains.

This project is fully funded for 3 years with options for fellowships and/or TA support for additional years. Depending on student interest, students may choose to do their degree either in Natural Resources; Geography or through either the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Hydrologic Sciences (https://www.unr.edu/hydrologic-sciences), Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate program (https://www.unr.edu/eecb). Note application deadlines have already passed but exceptions can be made if a student wishes to start in Fall 2022 or interested student’s could start in January of 2023.

Interested students are asked to email Dr. Mae Gustin ([email protected]) and/or Dr. Adam Csank ([email protected]) with an email containing a statement of interest in the position, an unofficial transcript and a CV.

Dr. Adam Csank
Department of Geography
University of Nevada, Reno
[email protected]


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