Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Coastal Processes – University of Texas El Paso, Department of Biological Sciences (El Paso, TX)

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Two Ph.D. research assistantships are available (beginning summer 2018) in Arctic coastal processes in the Lougheed and Tweedie labs at the University of Texas at El Paso. These positions are part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation to study linkages between terrestrial and aquatic processes within Beaufort Sea lagoons at a newly established Arctic LTER site ( Two separate positions are available and students will be expected to enroll in either our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ( or Environmental Science and Engineering ( doctoral programs: one position will focus on carbon flux within and from aquatic ecosystems and the second will focus on the causes and consequences of coastal erosion and land cover change on land-aquatic connections. Depending on the project, a background in aquatic chemistry or remote sensing would be beneficial, with a degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a closely related field, preferred. Students will participate in all aspects of the project, from field work in the Arctic to publication of findings. Applicants are expected to have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Vanessa Lougheed ( and Craig Tweedie ( Note that the application deadline for our doctoral programs in EEB and ESE is February 1, 2018.