Graduate student opportunities in the Canadian High Arctic
Graduate Student Opportunities: Impacts of Climate Change on Mercury, Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in the Canadian High Arctic
I am looking for motivated graduate students for an exciting opportunity to study the impacts of climate change in the Canadian High Arctic. Potential students must possess a keen interest in physical geography, biogeochemistry and environmental science.
My research uses emerging analytical techniques, ecosystem-scale field studies, and controlled experiments to understand how environmental stressors, such as contaminants and climate change, impact aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the Canadian Arctic.
Potential graduate projects include:
i) impacts of climate change on mercury cycling and toxic methylmercury production in Arctic ecosystems;
ii) quantifying ecosystem metabolism (primary production and respiration) in ice-covered lakes;
iii) reconstructing long-term trends in atmospheric mercury concentrations using tree-rings; and
iv) climate change impacts on lake and watershed biogeochemistry (carbon and nutrient cycling) in northern regions.
Field work for these projects will be conducted at Arctic sites such as Lake Hazen in beautiful Quttinirpaaq National Park, which is located in the northernmost region of Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Laboratory work will be carried out in new state-of-the-art trace mercury analytical facilities.
The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs will be based out of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in the Department of Geography, which has a rich diversity of research in physical environmental sciences and a rapidly growing Arctic research group. UTM is the second-largest division of the University of Toronto and is situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River in Mississauga (visit http://www.utm.utoronto.ca for more information). In addition to the wide array of expertise within the Department of Geography at UTM, graduate students will also interact with numerous world renowned researchers located within the University of Toronto tri-campus network.
Preferred starting date is between May and/or September 2016.
If interested, please contact Dr. Igor Lehnherr at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the following links for more information on my research: