A position is available for a PhD student interested in investigating how
acid deposition affects the nutrient dynamics and productivity of deciduous
forests in central Appalachia.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct research at the Fernow
Experimental Forest and contribute to long-term research at this location.
Student research will involve field work in the beautiful mountains of West
Virginia along with extensive training in the use of analytical
instrumentation, experimental design, data analysis, computer modeling,
communication skills, and teaching.  More about the long-term research at
the Fernow can be found at: www.as.wvu.edu/fernow/

Summer support is available for five years from an NSF-funded grant recently
recommended for funding, and this would supplement the compensation received
during the academic year as a teaching assistant in the Department of
Biology at West Virginia University. Information about the graduate program
in biology, and how to apply, is available at:
http://biology.wvu.edu/graduate/admission.

A successful applicant should have: (1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a
relevant field of study (ecology, geography, geology, biology, etc.); (2) a
strong interest in ecosystem ecology and issues related to environmental
change; (3) a willingness to learn techniques used to analyze the chemical
composition of soil, water, and plant samples; (4) an interest in learning
computer modeling and incorporating it into their research; and (5) strong
writing skills and a commitment to the effective communication of science to
technical and non-technical audiences.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact:

Dr. William Peterjohn
Department of Biology
West Virginia University
bpj@wvu.edu
304-293-1300

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