Masters position, sea-level change - Kingston, RI, USA

A Masters position is available at the University of Rhode Island (URI) on Reconstructing Relative Sea-Level Change in Micronesia using Mangrove Sediments and Foraminifera.


The URI supervisor is Dr Simon Engelhart. The external supervisor is Dr Andrew Kemp (Tufts University).

The successful candidate can start as early as January 2019 and must be available for multi-week fieldwork during summer of 2019.

The project is fully funded for two years including tuition remission, stipend, and summer salary support. All fieldwork and analysis costs are fully funded.


Relative sea-level reconstructions provide paleo constraints on future trends by offering insight into processes that determine how local, regional, and global sea levels will respond to predicted climate forcing.

However, most existing records with the adequate precision to elucidate these trends come from the North Atlantic Ocean, with records in the Pacific being sparse and/or short in duration.

To address these deficiencies, URI seeks a student to develop foraminiferal training sets from mangrove sediment that can be used to develop high-resolution, and near-continuous relative sea-level reconstructions at three sites (Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae) in the Federated States of Micronesia.


The Masters student will be responsible for elucidating the modern, observable relationship between microfossils (primarily mangrove foraminifera) and tidal elevation. He/she will develop new datasets for use in reconstructing high-resolution records of relative sea-level change from mangrove sediments in Micronesia. The student will be expected to present the results at international conferences and to publish them in a timely manner upon completion of the Masters.


Please email Dr Simon Engelhart for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.