Fully funded PhD position in Hydrology/Geomorphology
We have a graduate student opening (PhD) for studying soil moisture dynamics and aeolian sediment transport in saline/sodic agricultural soils. We (with collaborators from UC Berkeley and USDA) will investigate fundamental soil hydrological and geomorphic processes involved in soil salinization and provide a new mechanistic framework for their explanation. Salinity-affected agricultural systems — a serious threat to global food security — are distributed throughout the world and a quantitative assessment of soil salinity-soil erosion nexus is therefore critically important in understanding feedbacks to climate, air quality, and soil degradation.
The student will be advised by Sujith Ravi (Temple University, PA https://sites.temple.edu/ravi/home/). Master’s degree in geology, geosciences or environmental engineering is preferred. Master’s degree in geology, geophysics, geo-engineering, environmental engineering, with strong interests in earth surface/soil physics is preferred. Experience or interest in numerical modeling or other quantitative analysis is preferred. The student will be fully funded by research and/or teaching assistantships.
Temple University is a comprehensive public research located in Philadelphia, PA. Temple University is a dynamic urban university with around 40,000 students and provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. Temple is classified as a university with the highest research activity (R1) and is ranked by the National Science Foundation as among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. More information about our department is available at http://www.temple.edu/geology/ .
For more information contact Sujith Ravi, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (firstname.lastname@example.org).