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PhD position in Physical Geography / Soil Biogeochemistry including field work in Tropical Africa

TROPSOC / Institute of Geography / Augsburg University

Overview: The Institute of Geography (http://www.geo.uni-augsburg.de/) at Augsburg University invites applications of an excellent PhD candidate for a three-year position working on the tropical carbon C cycle with field sites and experiments in Eastern Africa (DRC, Uganda, Rwanda). We seek a candidate who will use quantitative and qualitative field and laboratory methods to study interactions between biological and geological, geochemical or hydrological processes.
The PhD position is based in DFG research group “TROPSOC” (http://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/387472333) and will be collaborating with several other groups in and outside Germany in the framework of TROPSOC.

Project: The response of soils to disturbance by erosion is one of the great uncertainties in predicting greenhouse gas fluxes from soils to the atmosphere and hence future earth system dynamics. Tropical Africa is a hotspot of land use change and is expected to experience important changes in both soil biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem level C fluxes between soil, plants and the atmosphere in this century. In particular, it is unclear how C dynamics differ in the Tropics compared to the temperate climate zones, from which most of our process and mechanistic understanding about C cycling is derived.

The main objective of the proposed project is to develop a better mechanistic understanding of C sequestration in and C release from soils of Tropical Africa, studied here in the eastern part of the Congo Basin. This region provides a unique combination of (i) geologically diverse parent material for soil formation and (ii) different levels of disturbance by human activity, taking place under a humid, tropical climate regime, where pristine forests are converted into agricultural land at high rates.

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PhD position in Physical Geography / Soil Biogeochemistry including field work in Tropical Africa

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