PhD position: influence of primary production of phytoplankton, periphyton and macrophytes on carbon emissions from water bodies and effects of erosion in agricultural landscapes

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg, Germany, and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany, offer a PhD position within the joint project LandScales. The offered PhD position deals with the influence of primary production of phytoplankton, periphyton and macrophytes on carbon emissions from water bodies and effects of erosion in agricultural landscapes. Collaboration in a lab-scale experiment conducted in The Netherlands (about 3 months per year) is planned in addition to fieldwork in North-eastern Germany.

Background: Carbon(C) sequestration and release from terrestrial and freshwater aquatic ecosystems are important factors that can either counteract or increase anthropogenic green house gas emission originating from fossil fuel combustion. Terrestrial and aquatic C dynamics are intimately linked to each other due to not only the transfer of C between systems but also to temporal and spatial changes and dynamics of the aquatic-terrestrial border zones, which are likely hotspots for landscape C balance. In LandScales, an international team of three postdocs and three doctoral candidates will conduct research on connecting processes and structures driving the landscape carbon dynamics over a 3-year period.

Highly motivated applicants should electronically submit a CV, cover letter indicating research interests and experience, names and contact details of two referees, and a PDF copy of the Master’s Thesis in a single pdf to Dr. Katrin Premke (premke@igb-berlin.de).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until December 15th 2012.

Please see also: http://www.igb-berlin.de/doktorarbeiten-details/items/271.html

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