Get in touch with Ed Tanner by email if you want to know about general opportunities within the group. If you want to know how to apply or have other admin questions visit the Post-graduate Training section.
Specifically, I am currently looking for a research student to work on forest carbon dynamics in our litter manipulation experiment in Panama. Specifically to start an experiment where C4 litter (with a distinctive 13C concentration) is added to C3 forest soils. This will enable us to trace carbon into the soil, and carbon in drainage water and in carbon dioxide emissions. We have already shown that we increase soil carbon concentrations by about 50% in the top 2 cm of soil, after 3 years of litter manipulation (Vincent et. al 2010 Eur, J. Soil Sci.), but we know nothing about what compounds are being added or where they are in the soil profile - 13C labelling will tell us this. A previous C4 experiment in this project (Sayer at al 2011 Nature Climate Change) will inform the design of the new experiment. Candidates for this project are likely to be eligible for a departmental NERC research studentship.
|Soil carbon dynamics in an elevated CO2 world; a litter addition experiment in tropical forest||Nov 12, 2013 02:45 PM|