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Riebe Lab - Projects


Student Research Opportunity

PhD position in critical zone processes beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. This position will be filled by an exceptional student with a deep interest in connections between geomorphology, geochemistry, and ecology. Students with a strong track record of research (in an undergraduate or master's thesis) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants will be competing for an assistantship that covers tuition, a stipend for the academic year, and eligibility for summer support. The successful applicant will conduct cross-disciplinary research on linkages between bedrock composition, regolith development, forest structure, and landscape evolution across the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. The project builds on work summarized in a paper recently published by my research group. It fits well with other research at the SSCZO, which focuses on understanding ecosystem function of a mountain range that provides crucial water resources to nearly 10% of the US population. In addition, the project offers a wealth of opportunities for cross-institutional networking with world-class students and scientists from a broad range of disciplines in Earth systems science. Hence it provides an excellent platform for launching a career in scientific research that is vital to understanding the implications of human activities in our warming and increasingly populated world. Interested students should apply for the position via UW's standard graduate application process. Please include specific reference to this opportunity and list me as your prospective advisor when applying. Applicants are advised to contact me by e-mail or by phone before submitting an application for more details about the project.

When you contact me, it will help to provide me with:
  • a current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • a one-page statement of interest in graduate studies in my research group;
  • a copy of your academic transcript(s) – unofficial copies (e.g., screenshots) are OK at this stage;
  • if available, your most recent GRE scores; &
  • an example of your scientific writing (e.g., your master's thesis), if available.

Representative Recent Projects

Quantifying variations in grain size and erosion rates of sediment in landscapes

    Student: Claire Lukens (PhD Candidate)
    Collaborators: Leonard Sklar (SFSU); David Shuster (UC Berkeley)
    Tools: Apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry; cosmogenic Be-10 in quartz

Geophysical constraints on weathering and water storage in the subsurface

    Students: Ryan Armstrong, Jorden Hayes and James St. Clair (graduate students with S. Holbrook)
    Collaborators: Steve Holbrook (U. Wyoming); Mike Goulden (UC Irvine)
    Tools: geophysical surveys including airborne geophysics, seismic refraction, GPR & resistivity

Geochemical constraints on deep weathering

    Collaborators: T. Dosseto (U. Wollongong); Steve Holbrook (U. Wyoming)
    Tools: seismic refraction & resistivity; cosmogenic Be-10; U-series disequilibrium

Gauging the reproductive potential of salmon spawning substrates

    Student: B. Overstreet (MS, 2011)
    Collaborators: J. Wooster (USFWS); Leonard Sklar (SFSU); Dino Bellugi (MIT)

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