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PhD Position: Drivers of the terrestrial methane sink under land use change

07.02.2017 - University of Stirling, School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Stirling (UK)

This is a 3.5 year PhD studentship funded jointly by the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) and the University of Stirling.

The proposed PhD project will investigate two key elements of the terrestrial methane sink, which address important gaps in our understanding of the land surface – atmosphere greenhouse gas balance: 1) Role of Land Use and 2) Interaction of vegetation and methane oxidation.

The work will combine field surveys (across contrasting land use types) with controlled environment studies to obtain relevant data on both ‘natural’ gas exchanges and advanced process understanding. Experiments in field and lab will separate impacts of soil temperature and moisture from biotic interactions and the crucial influence of changes in atmospheric CH4 concentrations.

The deadline for applications is Friday February 10th.

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