opportunities in Geology at Northern Arizona University.
in the Geology Program, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental
Sustainability is available beginning Fall 2014 for 3-4 PhD and 4-5 MS Geology
PHD & MS
Pennsylvanian – Permian Stratigraphy and Tectonics (Paul Umhoefer lead).
River science and geomorphology in the Colorado River basin including
Grand Canyon (USGS-NAU and Rod Parnell lead).
Turkey, Indonesia (Mary Reid lead).
project targeted at the recent evolution of the Toba Caldera Complex in
Indonesia, including the highly explosive 75 ka Youngest Toba Tuff and the
subsequent, more quiescent post-caldera eruptions. This study aims to reconcile
the various crystal-scale records for the origin, assembly, and thermal history
of the magmatic systems responsible for these eruptions. Your research would
contribute to understanding magmatic signals in the lead-up to eruptions, and
the potential for future volcanic hazards associated with this volcano. Please
contact Mary Reid (email@example.com)
for more information.
of escape tectonics and surface-to-mantle dynamics of Anatolia (Paul Umhoefer and Mary Reid lead).
large, international and multidisciplinary project to investigate the
development of escape tectonics and surface-to-mantle dynamics of Anatolia (Turkey).
At NAU, we are focusing on igneous petrology and geochemistry of Miocene to
Quaternary volcanic rocks (Mary Reid) and sedimentary geology and basin
tectonics (Paul Umhoefer). Your research would provide new insights into the
origin of this region’s enigmatic intraplate volcanism, and complement other
components of the CD-CAT project, including seismology, structural geology,
geochronology, low-temperature geochemistry, metamorphic petrology,
geomorphology, and numerical modeling. Interested students should visit the
project’s web site (http://www.esci.umn.edu/orgs/whitney/CD-CAT-index.html) for more information and contact details. Please contact Mary Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Holocene climate change (Darrell Kaufman lead).
Water management, governance, and policy related
to forest restoration (Erik Nielsen lead) (pending availability of
funding; 2 M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy and 1 Ph.D.)
Forest restoration paired
observational watershed study (Abe Springer) (pending availability of funding; 1 M.S. in
Geology and 1 PhD.)
Water management (Abe Springer & Erik Nielsen lead).
Water management and policy
related to energy resources.
Sedimentary record of Permian magmatism and
tectonics of the Southwest (Nancy Riggs lead).
Magmatism began diachronously off western North America
in Early Permian to Triassic time. Plutonic
and volcanic evidence of the earliest magmatism is sparse, and so we look to
the sedimentary record to understand when subduction began. A fully funded MS project is available that
encompasses a detailed stratigraphic study of the Permian Monos Formation in
Sonora, Mexico, which likely holds the oldest record of magmatism. The Monos Fm is limestone and silty to sandy
limestone; a large part of the project will entail a detailed detrital zircon
study. Contact Nancy Riggs (email@example.com) for more
Northern Arizona Volcanism (Michael Ort lead
Tephrostratigraphy and characterization of the scoria clasts
from the Sunset Crater eruption (~1085CE). The MS student would work with
Michael Ort on refining our knowledge of how the magma of this iconic Strombolian
to violent Strombolian eruption was able to produce high sustained eruption
columns (perhaps up to 20 km in height) at the same time it effused (apparently
passively) three lava flows. We will develop a solid knowledge of the
stratigraphy and then characterize the scoria (shape, vesicularity,
composition, textures) in order to understand how it fragmented, at what depth,
and whether different magma types can be identified. Contact Michael Ort (Michael.Ort@nau.edu) for more information.
Application deadline February 1, 2014; more information at: http://nau.edu/CEFNS/NatSci/SESES/Degrees-Programs/Graduate/PhD-Earth-Sciences-Environmental-Sustainability/