Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunities


Potential Masters and Ph.D. students interested in coming to the University of Arizona for dendrochronology, paleoclimatology (especially high resolution paleoclimatology), earth systems geography, proxy system modeling, climate field reconstructions, climate model/data intercomparisons, and/or radiocarbon are encouraged to contact me [] about potential opportunities.

Our lab's research interests include: drought and temperature variability in time and space over the last 2 millennia, large-scale spatiotemporal reconstructions of past climates using multiple proxies and various statistical techniques, the use of proxy system and general circulation models to understand and interpret paleoclimate proxies and past climates, the cause and consequences of extreme events in the paleoclimate record, coastal dendrochronology, tropical dendrochronology in Asia and the Americas, stable isotope geochemistry, and the interaction between past civilizations, climate, and environmental change.

We're particularly interested in welcoming new students and postdocs with an interest in one or more of the following:

  • Large-scale quantitative reconstructions of past temperature and hydroclimate (drought, snow, and rainfall) using tree-rings or other proxies
  • Building new tree-ring chronologies for reconstructions of temperature, precipitation, drought, and other climate metrics over the Common Era
  • Research integrating paleoclimate reconstructions with historical and archaeological sources to better understand the interactions and feedbacks between coupled human and natural systems in the past, present, and future
  • Tropical dendrochronology, particularly in Central America and throughout Neotropics
  • Quantitative climate model comparisons or assimilations with paleoclimate data and reconstructions for better understanding climate dynamics and for evaluating models
  • Proxy systems modeling
  • Stable and radiogenic isotope dendrochronology
  • Paleoclimate dynamics using the combined power of paleoclimate proxies and models, including the connection between climate and ecological processes (productivity, fire, forest dynamics), understanding large-scale modes of climate variability, and using networks of proxies to understand past ocean-atmosphere variability.

Graduate school application deadlines are in earliest January of each year for autumn admissions. I mentor and advise students in Geography, as well as the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. More information on the graduate program (including admissions requirements and deadlines) in Geography is available here (Masters) and here (PhD). Under certain circumstances, I may also mentor and advise students in Geosciences. Please contact me for more information about the application process for these departments.

For potential postdoctoral scientists: While the University of Arizona currently has only a few institution-level postdoctoral fellowships, if you are interested in preparing NOAA, NSF, NASA, or other postdoctoral fellowship applications to come to the University of Arizona, please contact me to discuss options.

Our lab's NOAA Climate and Global Change host description is here.

If you have a Ph.D. in Geography (or anticipate completing your Ph.D. in the coming year), you may want to consider the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at NSF SBE. The application deadline is November 1st. Please contact me if you're interested in submitting a proposal to join our lab and the School of Geography and Development as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

If you have a Ph.D. in the Earth, Atmospheric, or Environmental Sciences, you may want to consider the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at NSF AGS.