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ISOGEOCHEM  November 1999

ISOGEOCHEM November 1999

Subject:

Graduate Student Assistantships

From:

Bernhard Mayer <[log in to unmask]>

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Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 4 Nov 1999 16:10:41 -0700

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Please bring the following to the attention of interested students.
Do not respond to this list. Direct all correspondence to the addresses
given below.


Graduate Student Opportunities in Applied Isotope Geochemistry

Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Graduate Assistantships (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are available for qualified,
motivated, and independent students to pursue thesis-based graduate studies
in stable isotope geochemistry at the University of Calgary. Undergraduate
and graduate students, who are interested in applying stable isotope
techniques to the investigation of human perturbations of major
biogeochemical cycles, are invited to apply. Available projects include, but
are not limited to:

 The Sulfur Cycle
A graduate assistantship is available for a student to participate in a
research program, which uses sulfur isotope ratios as a tracer for sulfur
pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The graduate student will
characterize the isotopic composition of sulfur in tree ring sequences and
lake sediment cores collected in the vicinity of sour gas processing plants
in Alberta. The main objective is to compare the suitability of tree ring
sequences and lake sediment records as archives for anthropogenic sulfur
pollution.

 The Nitrogen Cycle
A graduate assistantship is available for a student to participate in a
research program, which uses isotopic techniques to investigate the fate of
anthropogenic nitrogen (e.g. from synthetic fertilizers, manure, and sewage)
in watersheds. The graduate student will analyze the 15N and 18O contents of
nitrate in surface water and groundwater samples collected in a watershed in
southern Alberta. The goal of this project is to determine the sources of
riverine nitrate and their dependence on agricultural activities in the
watershed.

 Paleoecology and Paleoclimate
A graduate assistantship is available for a student to participate in a
research program, which exploits the isotopic composition of cellulose from
lake sediments, peat deposits, and tree rings for paleoecological and
paleoclimatic reconstructions. The graduate student will determine
variations of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen isotope ratios in cellulose from
tree ring sequences covering the last 300 years. The goal of this project is
to obtain climatic information for central and western Canada prior to the
existence of measured records.


Financial Support:
Financial support for successful applicants will consist of a combination of
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GAT) and Graduate Research Scholarships
with a value of approximately CDN $ 15.000 per annum.


Requirements:
Applicants should have a strong background in geochemistry. Experience in
stable isotope geochemistry is desirable for Ph.D. candidates. Applicants
must be accepted into the graduate program in Geology and Geophysics at the
University of Calgary.

Application packages can be obtained by contacting Kelly Fries at
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Application deadline for the fall term 2000 is February 1, 2000.


For further information contact:

        Dr. Bernhard Mayer
        Stable Isotope Laboratory (SB 117)
        Department of Geology & Geophysics
        University of Calgary
        2500 University Drive NW
        Calgary, Alberta
        Canada T2N 1N4
        Phone (403) 220 5389
        Fax (403) 220 7773
        E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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