PhD Studentship, Abrupt Change in Climate and Ecosystems - Flagstaff, USA

The School of Earth & Sustainability at Northern Arizona University, USA, seeks prospective PhD students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and an international research team on a new, three-year funded project to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD that blends paleoclimatology, paleoecology and data science.


Potential projects include mapping abrupt change across timescales, investigating climate-forced, ecosystem-forced, and feedback-driven abrupt changes, and assessing the extent to which climate and ecosystem models can reproduce the types of abrupt shifts observed in past millennia.

Furthermore, this studentship is eligible for participation in the NSF-funded T3 program in ecological and environmental informatics:

Degree options include:

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability – Climate and Environmental Change emphasis:

PhD in Informatics and Computing - Environmental Informatics emphasis:


Applicants should have a degree in the Earth or Environmental Sciences or a related discipline and strong quantitative skills.

Further information

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