We are looking for candidates for a fully-funded Ph.D. project in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, starting in Summer or Fall of 2014 and focused on developing and analyzing long temperature reconstructions from the northeastern United States over the last 2 millennia, mentored by Kevin Anchukaitis and Jeff Donnelly, as well as Neil Pederson at LDEO. The project involves collecting and developing living and subfossil tree-ring chronologies from coastal regions from Maine to New Jersey, developing long temperature reconstructions from these data, and evaluating those reconstructions in the context of state-of-the-art climate model simulations.
This is an ideal position for someone willing and eager to throw a chainsaw in the truck for a weekend of sampling in New England, but who would also thrive in the quantitative multidisciplinary environment of MIT and WHOI. Although prior dendrochronology experience would be an asset, it isn't required. The most important characteristics for potential students will be the flexibility and motivation to enjoy engaging in the field, laboratory, and quantitative analytical parts of the project.
The MIT/WHOI Joint Program is committed to providing five years of tuition and stipend support to every student who is admitted -- in this case, two of these years will be fully funded through our NSF project. Joint Program students are also frequently successful in earning national-level fellowships. The Joint Program has funds to help students attend scientific meetings, conferences, and special courses and to support student research, as well as providing transportation options between the two campuses (Boston and Cape Cod) and housing at MIT and at WHOI. The student would work closely with scientists, fellow students, postdocs, and technicians in the WHOI Tree Ring Lab, paleoclimate group, the Coastal Systems Group, and the Geology and Geophysics department, in addition to all the resources available to students at MIT.
Application deadlines for the Joint Program this year are January 5, 2014. More information on the application process, stipends and other benefits can be found here:
Interested students should contact me directly, by phone or email, to discuss the details of the project and application process.