Two graduate student opportunities in linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

Website University of Alberta

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Two graduate student opportunities
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

The Catchment and Wetland Sciences group (, led by Dr David Olefeldt, studies impacts of disturbances and land management practices on catchment and wetland functions. We have a strong focus on northern peatlands and peatland-rich catchments, with current research conducted on the Boreal and Taiga Plains of western Canada. Here we study topics related to greenhouse gas fluxes, water quality, soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, hydrogeology, permafrost thaw, wildfire, thermokarst, and soil carbon storage.

We are currently looking for two (2) new graduate students at either PhD or MSc level to join our group for the summer of 2018, to carry out research with focus on linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in northern Alberta, and how these linkages influence downstream water quality. A background in physical hydrology, biogeochemistry, and/or organic chemistry is an advantage. Specific research topics include impacts of forest disturbances and management on terrestrial export of dissolved organic matter, photochemistry of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter, and links between chemical characteristics of dissolved organic matter and water treatability. Both positions will encompass significant field and lab components to the research.

Interested students with suitable backgrounds and qualified GPA scores are encouraged to explore the information on graduate studies provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Department of Renewable Resources at University of Alberta.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to Include resume/CV describing your skills end education, university transcripts and names of two referees. Positions will be open until suitable candidates have been hired.

Full funding for these graduate opportunities is available through Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships, but students are expected to supplement this funding. This may include NSERC funding or other external sources. The University and the Department of Renewable Resources also provide competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding MSc applicants, and between $3,000 and $17,000 for outstanding PhD applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.7 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive a recruitment award.

David OIefeldt (
Assistant Professor and CAIP Chair in Wetland restoration and Watershed Management

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