A fully funded four-year Ph.D. position in Environmental Science and a two-year PostDoc position are available at the Department of Geology, Lund University, Sweden
Project title: Drivers and Impacts of Coastal Ocean Acidification (DISCO)
Coastal waters around the world are subject to a number of environmental stressors, such as eutrophication, temperature increase and deoxygenation. Recently, another stressor has received considerable scientific and societal attention – ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is caused by the increase in carbon dioxide pressure as a consequence of increased carbon emissions to the atmosphere, foremost due to burning of fossil fuels. For coastal seas, the situation is more complex with several other factors such as increased amount of organic matter and larger runoff from land also contribute to lowering the pH. Within this project, we want to study the impact of different pH-lowering drivers and reconstruct how the benthic environment in the Skagerrak – Baltic region has changed over the past 200 years.
Both projects will comprise of water and sediment cores sampling, sediments containing calcareous microorganisms -foraminifera. The PhD student will be focusing on faunal and shells analyses on foraminifera from the Baltic-Skagerrak region, whereas the PostDoc project will use a range of different approaches (e.g. lipid biomarkers and stable isotope methods), to reconstruct deposition of marine and terrestrial organic matter and potentially benthic bacterial communities (for example methanogens). These analyses will be coupled to different environmental variables, hydrography, geochemical and pore water data. With the overall aim to reconstruct how the benthic environment in the Skagerrak – Baltic region has changed over the past 200 years.
The project will be carried out within the framework of the Linnaeus environment “Centre for Studies of Carbon Cycle and Climate Interactions (LUCCI)”, www.lucci.lu.se and the Strong Research Environment “Managing Multiple Stressors in the Baltic Sea (MultiStressors)” www.cec.lu.se.
For more information, eligibility, entry requirements and application:
NB All applications need to be submitted through Lund University Job portal, no applications will be accepted through email.
For further information please contact:
Helena Filipsson, PhD, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer
+46 46 2228226