Prospective Students

Current recruiting a PhD student to work at the Center for Limnology on a funded project investigating the impact of anthropogenic salts on limnological processes. The grad student would be using the Yahara River watershed (in and around Madison, WI) to investigate the temporal and spatial variability of chloride concentrations in freshwater environments and how climatic variability influences chloride loading. This research will require year-round field work, including the deployment and maintenance of river and lake sensors. The PhD student will also be trained in ion chromatography and expected to run lab analyses of collected samples. As part of this project, the student will contribute to outreach and education initiatives, and have opportunities to lead and participate in larger working groups investigating freshwater salinization.

An ideal recruit would be someone with quantitative research experience in freshwater lake and/or river science and biogeochemistry/hydrology, with experience in data analysis. Applicants are not required to have a background in modeling, but ideally should have experience in (and hopefully a passion for) R. The position start date would be Summer/Fall 2022. Review of candidates will start as soon as possible. Any potential candidates should email me (hdugan@wisc.edu) with a CV and a brief statement of their interest.

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Graduate students at the CFL are typically affiliated with the Department of Integrative Biology, the Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program, or Engineering. All graduate student applications and deadlines are administered through these programs and departments.

If you are interested in working with me, please email me with an attached CV and provide a brief statement of your research interests and why we’d be a good match.

Many resources are available for funding your graduate school education beyond teaching and research assistantships. UW-Madison provides guidelines and pathways for funding at https://grad.wisc.edu/studentfunding/steps/. If you qualify for any external or internal UW fellowships, please note this in your correspondence.

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