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MS student opportunity in urban hydrology and biogeochemistry at Kent State University

We seek a highly motivated masters student to start in June 2015 to study urban hydrology and biogeochemistry with Dr. Anne Jefferson ( in the Watershed Hydrology Lab ( of the Geology Department at Kent State University. We have available funding for a student to study the hydrologic and biogeochemical functioning of green stormwater infrastructure and wetlands at the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center. Two summers and one academic year research assistantship (15 months) and one academic year teaching assistantship (9 months) are guaranteed to a candidate deemed acceptable by the department. Assitantships include tuition and health insurance. The Department of Geology has over 30 active graduate students and a wide variety of analytical facilities. More information on the Department of Geology can be found at: The student will be co-advised by Lauren Kinsman-Costello (lkinsman @, in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Interested students should have a background in geology, earth science, aquatic or wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology/water resources, or civil and environmental engineering. Strong applicants will have a solid academic record (>3.5/4.0 GPA, >70th percentile on GRE) and previous research experience. Applicants not meeting these criteria will also be considered based on a compelling letter of interest. To apply, please send a letter of interest (including your academic and research background and specific research interests), unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references in a joint e-mail to lkinsman @ and ajeffer9 @ Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

New grant: Bridging the Conceptual Divide Between Theoretical and Applied Environmental Chemistry

Along with colleagues at Kent State University, I have been awarded a DUE TUES grant from the National Science Foundation. Our project “Bridging the Conceptual Divide Between Theoretical and Applied Environmental Chemistry” focuses on developing curriculum centered on hands-on experiences with stable isotope analysis. We’ll also be developing ways to share curricular materials and datasets with universities that don’t have isotope analysis capabilities at their own institutions. I’m excited about the project and the fantastic team of collaborators that I’m working with. The project is being led by Liz Griffith, with Joe Ortiz, David Dees, and I as co-PIs. The project begins September 1, 2012 and lasts for three years.

For me, the first task is procuring the water isotope analyzer and getting it set up in my lab. I’ll share updates as we get going.