Ph.D. student opportunities

The Climate and Paleoclimate Lab is currently seeking motivated Ph.D. students to join us in Fall 2020!

If you’re interested in tropical climate or paleoclimate, especially via biomarkers, light stable isotopes, and/or models, please get in touch with Professor Bronwen Konecky at: bkonecky at wustl dot edu. In your email, please describe your interests and background, and attach a resume or CV if you have one.

Potential project topics include the following, but feel free to pitch your own idea!

The modern tropical water cycle

  • Continental moisture recycling and African climate. How does moisture from the Congo rainforest contribute to rainfall variability and agricultural decision-making in western Uganda? How do the dynamics of seasonal wetlands influence land-atmosphere feedbacks in semi-arid Botswana? Current opportunities include water isotope, meteorological, and remote sensing observations in western Uganda as part of a newly funded initiative to understand rainfall variability and agricultural decision-making. This project is in partnership with physical and human geographers at the University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, and Georgia State. More info here.

Ancient climates and environments

  • Modern calibration of leaf wax hydrogen isotopes and paleoclimate reconstruction. Can we quantify uncertainties (structural as well as parametric) on leaf wax hydrogen isotopes using a forward model embedded in a GCM? How much uncertainty is reduced when we add rich new measurements of modern tropical plants, soils, and waters? Current opportunities include greenhouse studies, model investigations, and paleoclimate reconstructions via lake sediments.

Earth system modeling and data synthesis

  • Synthesis of hydroclimate proxy records and comparison with isotope-enabled climate model simulations. What physical mechanisms of climate variability and change, explored using models, can explain observations in the geologic record? Current opportunities include analysis of existing/upcoming simulations of the Last Glacial Maximum and the past millennium, and data synthesis-model comparison of the past 2,000 years using the brand new Iso2k database.

To learn more about the areas of research in the Climate and Paleoclimate Lab, please click here.

Postdoc opportunities

The Climate and Paleoclimate Lab is always seeking new postdocs, dependent on funding. Get in touch with Professor Konecky at: bkonecky at wustl dot edu.