Description: PhD or MSc position on human impacts on marine carbon Human activities in the ocean, once mainly constrained to the coast, have expanded sharply since the start of the 21st century. Our pursuit of marine natural resources and the development of marine infrastructure and technology for transportation, energy, and food production have allowed human activities to reach the ocean’s deepest depths.

Despite growing recognition of the potential for human activities to influence marine ecosystems, our understanding of the magnitude and implications of these activities on carbon accumulation and retention in the ocean are limited. The Atwood Aquatic Ecology and Global Change Lab at Utah State University has an opening for a Ph.D. or MSc position.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-design their research on one of the following research themes; 1) anthropogenic impacts on marine carbon cycling, or 2) alterations in marine carbon cycling as a result of human-induced changes in animal communities.

Projects should focus on large spatial scale patterns (e.g., regional or global) and primarily use data synthesis, remotely sensed data, or models to answer their research questions. Chances to supplement data sets with fieldwork may be possible, pending student interest, available funding, and the questions studied. The applicant must be able to start their position no later than Aug. 2023

Qualifications: Students applying at the Ph.D. level must have completed a Master’s degree in a relevant field before Aug. 2023. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in ecology, data science, geographic information science, biogeochemistry, or related fields. Strong analytical skills (experience with R preferred). Experience with geospatial analysis using ArcGIS, QGIS, R, or similar software.Strong written and oral communication skills. Self-motivated and creative.

How to Apply:

Review of applications will begin March 10th for Ph.D. candidates and March 20th for MSc candidates and continue until the position is filled.  In your application, please include:

  1. A cover letter that explains how your research and experience align with the skills and research activities listed above 
  2. A CV or resume
  3. A list of three professional references and their contact information.

Please submit applications to Trisha Atwood: Study the Ocean and Ski the Slopes: This position is based at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, USA. Logan is a small mountain town in Northern Utah that boasts fantastic outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, and much more.

Contact Person; Trisha Atwood, Contact eMail:

 Salary: $23,000

Last Date to Apply:  March 10, 2023

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