Opportunities

Testing the resilience of US Food-Energy-Water systems to megadrought

We seek prospective Ph.D. students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Ben Ruddell to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. that blends paleoclimatology and sustainability research. This project focuses on investigating how modern food, water and economic infrastructure would cope with severe prehistoric droughts in the southwest US, which were both more extreme and longer-lived than anything observed during the past 200 years. Prospective students will be integrated with both the Paleoclimate Dynamics Laboratory and the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at NAU, as well as the larger FEWSion project, which is mapping the interconnectivity between food, energy and water, and their responses to shocks and stresses, for the United States.

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High elevation paleoclimatology

We invite applications from prospective graduate students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Cody Routson on high-elevation paleoclimatology in southern Colorado. There are multiple projects available investigating Holocene and last Millennium climate variability using lake sediments, tree rings, and bogs. Students will be involved in fieldwork, and trained in paleoclimate record development.

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Quaternary Paleoclimate of Northern Arizona

We invite applications from prospective graduate students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Scott Anderson to work on the paleoclimatology and paleoecology of of Northern Arizona during the Quaternary, examining a unique, long record of environmental change from Stoneman Lake, AZ. Projects include hyperspectral imaging, pollen and charcoal analysis, geochronologic modeling and analysis and data model intercomparison. For more information, please contact us.

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Holocene Data Assimilation

We seek prospective graduate students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Michael Erb to help develop methodologies and reanalyses of Holocene paleoclimate. This research aims for optimal synthesis of paleoclimate data with model simulations, and potential research foci include investigation of Holocene temperature evolution, and the climate dynamics underlying extreme state shifts in aridity. For more information, please contact us.

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Paleoclimate informatics

We have opportunities for students to work ongoing projects in paleoclimate informatics and data-intensive paleoclimatology. Projects include developing cyberinfrastructure for the paleogeosciences, advancing Semantic Web resources for paleoclimatology through the LinkedEarth project and developing and applying machine learning techniques to address paleoclimate dynamics questions. Students interested these topics would pursue a Ph.D. in Informatics and Computing, and should contact us for more information

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