PhD: Develop models to understand and forecast cyanotoxin production by cyanobacteria in rivers in Northern California

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, NV, US

​The Blaszczak Watershed Biogeochemistry and Stream Ecosystem Ecology Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is looking for a Ph.D. student to join the lab at the start of the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. The student will be funded to collect field data and develop models to understand and forecast cyanotoxin production by cyanobacteria in rivers in northern California (the Eel, Russian, and Klamath river basins). While field work (including kayaking) will be a major component of the funded project, candidates of all physical abilities are encouraged to apply. The student will work with an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders in partnership with local non-profits as well as state and tribal agencies. 

The Blaszczak Lab studies the transport and transformation of nutrients, carbon, and contaminants through watersheds and the streams that drain them. We use a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to understand controls on water quality, ecosystem function, and greenhouse gas emissions from aquatic ecosystems draining human-dominated landscapes.
                                                                                                                                             
The ideal candidate for the position has previous research (lab and/or field) and data analysis experience (e.g. R, statistics coursework), is highly self-motivated, and has a strong interest in being a part of a collaborative team.  See the Opportunities tab on the Blaszczak lab website for more details. Our lab strives to maintain a inclusive environment and welcomes all applicants regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender-identity, physical ability, or socio-economic status.

If interested, please contact Dr. Joanna Blaszczak at [email protected] by May 4th, 2021 with the following as attachments: (1) A one-page cover letter briefly describing your interest in the position, (2) your resume/CV including contact information for at least two professional references, and (3) unofficial transcripts.
 
UNR Graduate Program Information:
Successful applicants will join the UNR Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) Ph.D. program (with potential opportunities to transfer after arrival into either the Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) or Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) Ph.D. program). These programs are part of the UNR Graduate School and students are encouraged to read through the program specific and graduate school websites for more information about eligibility, admissions, and life in Reno. Graduate students would be part of the NRES department which has faculty with a diverse set of expertise that would enrich the student’s experience.
 
UNR is a Carnegie classified R1 institution with a wonderful community of scientists interested in freshwater ecology and water resource management (e.g. UNR Global Water Center). Reno is at the base of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains with incredible access to outdoor recreational activities including skiing, climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. We are ~45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 3 hours from Yosemite National Park, and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Reno also has a diverse artistic and cultural community with much to offer.


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