Nitrous Oxide Sources and Fluxes from Soils: Nitrogen Effects.

Grad Student Position Details

Project Title
Nitrous Oxide Sources and Fluxes from Soils: Nitrogen Effects.

Degree Program

Guillermo, Hernandez Ramirez

Professorial Rank
Associate Professor

Renewable Resources

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Project Description

To quantify and reduce N2O emissions from soils recurrently receiving nitrogen additions are critical challenges for scientists, farm managers and the broader society. To achieve these goals, it is essential to develop new understanding of the underlying soil processes, controlling factors, and their spatio-temporal variations in both natural and intensively-managed ecosystems. On-going research efforts target the beneficial coordination of land management practices to mitigate N2O emissions in unison with a multi-functionality system approach. There is also a need to verify if nutrient use-efficiency and productivity by plants are maintained, reduced or increased as a function of management choices. Collectively, putative enhancements in ecosystem performance will underpin sustainability of these land-use systems. This research will address these inquiries via multi-year field experiments, controlled assays, and modelling to advance knowledge and identify balanced solutions.

I am seeking for a responsible student interested in the project.

Initial requirements:
Knowledge of soils, plants and nitrogen cycling,
Proactive, flexible, dedicated, well-centered, responsible
Open to undertake scientific approaches and to engage intense numerical analyses, data interpretation and writing up of findings, and publications.

Other assets:
A teamwork aptitude ─ ability to work independently and with others,
A desire to deliver, share and present results in public,
Computer skills,
A 3.5 GPA or better, and
A valid driver license and clean driving record/abstract.

The research entails field activities. Work will involve sophisticated instrumentation to quantify fluxes, soil, and plant responses. Laboratory work (including incubation and greenhouse procedures) will involve novel approaches to discern soil processes and properties associated with fluxes. In addition to frequent interactions with UAlberta staff, collaborative work can be also conducted with personnel from provincial and federal research agencies.

Please e-mail transcripts (scanned unofficial copy), CV, a letter describing any research experience and interests (1-page), and a list of three references.

Soil, Nitrous oxide, Greenhouse gases, Flux, Sources, Nitrogen, Carbon, Water, Climate Change, Food Security

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Stipend Amount/year
$ 30,000.00