Forage management and soil carbon storage

Grad Student Position Details

Project Title
Forage management and soil carbon storage

Degree Program
PhD

Supervisor
Cameron Carlyle

Professorial Rank
Associate Professor

Department
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

Project Start Date
01/03/2023

Project Description

Overall

We are seeking muliple graduate students to fill positions at the University of Alberta or University of Saskatchewan. All positions are listed below.  The project is led by Drs.  Angela Bedard-Haughn (Applied Pedology Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan) and Cameron Carlyle (Rangeland Ecosystem Ecology Lab, University of Alberta). The project is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agricultural, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and Ducks Unlimited to investigate carbon sequestration under pasture and forage resources in Saskatchewan.

Positions

We are seeking candidates for multiple PhD and MSc positions to be based at either the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) or University of Alberta (Edmonton):

1 PhD position focused on predictive soil mapping of soil organic carbon in pasture and forage land based at the University of Saskatchewan supervised by Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (sorenson@usask.ca)

1 PhD and MSc position focused on investigating the influence of pasture and forage management practices on soil organic carbon stocks based at the University of Alberta supervised by Dr. Cameron Carlyle (cameron.carlyle@ualberta.ca).

1 PhD position focused on forecasting soil carbon and forage production changes under different climate scenarios based at the University of Alberta supervised by Dr. Monireh Faramarzi (monireh.faramarzi@ualberta.ca).

1 PhD position or two M.Sc. positions, depending on the interests and qualifications of candidates, focused on economic modelling of forage production changes following management changes based at the University of Alberta supervised by Drs. Scott Jeffrey and Xiaoli Fan (scott.jeffrey@ualberta.ca, xiaoli@ualberta.ca).

Nature of Work and qualifications

You will be part of a funded project that will enhance understanding of the distribution soil organic carbon in pasture and forage lands in Saskatchewan, and how forage management effects soil organic carbon stocks.

Candidates should be willing to work as part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team, including other academics and students, technicians, postdocs, industry and government stakeholders, in order to integrate and synthesise diverse data sets and communicate results.

The project is based on a rigorous sampling protocol, and all graduate students will be required to assist with extensive field work collecting vegetation and soil samples throughout Saskatchewan, which will include extended travel periods away from campus.

While this project has set objectives, students, and PhD students in particular, will be expected to contribute intellectually to the development of the project and theses.

Candidates will ideally have:

  • An undergraduate or Master’s degree or skills in soil science, plant science, agronomy, ecology, rangeland ecology, agricultural economics or a related discipline.
  • Prior experience with R, Geographic Information Systems or other programing platforms
  • PhD positions will ideally begin their program in January 2023
  • A valid driver’s license

 We are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those belonging to underrepresented groups.

 For more information or to apply:

  • Please contact the researcher relevant to your interests listed above for more information.
  • To apply, send a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Preston Sorenson (sorenson@usask.ca). State the position you are applying for in the cover letter. Label the submission files as follows: <position>_<last name>_<first name>_<document type>

 

Keywords
soil organic carbon, grazing, ecology, mapping, economics, forage, soil, Cameron Carlyle

Contact Email
cameron.carlyle@ualberta.ca

Other contact information
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Preston Sorenson (sorenson@usask.ca). State the position you are applying for in the cover letter. Label the submission files as follows: <position>_<last name>_<first name>_<document type>

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