Graduate Research Opportunities

We encourage prospective students to contact faculty who have research areas of interest. When contacting them, please state your research interests and include your CV and an unofficial transcript.

Some faculty include information about possible research projects on their web pages, and a few specific projects will be listed here as opportunities become available. 

Marine Geology and Geophysics:

Drs. Delia Oppo and Weifu Guo are seeking a PhD student to develop and apply paleo-thermometers based on the elemental composition of benthic foraminifera. Research will involve both analysis of marine sediment cores and development of novel physicochemical models. Strong chemistry and quantitative background is preferred.

Dr. Olivier Marchal is seeking a PhD student to analyze a recent near-global compilation of measurements of radiocarbon activity in fossil benthic foraminifera and deep-sea corals. The goal of this project is to extract information about changes in the ventilation of deep oceanic basins since the end of the last Ice Age and to test the hypothesis that deep-ocean ventilation changes contributed to the pre-industrial changes in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide as measured in Antarctic ice cores. Strong skills in data analysis and interests in ocean models and data are desired.

Physical Oceanography:

Dr. Young-Oh Kwon is looking for an enthusiastic student to join his project team to investigate the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), the leading mode of low-frequency SST variability in the Atlantic Ocean, using a hierarchy of analytical and numerical climate models to advance our process-level understanding on the key drivers of the AMO, in particular the ocean circulation associated with the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. The focus will be primarily on the AMO due to natural variability, but the investigation will be extended to the possible modulation of the main characteristics of the AMO under external climate forcing. Furthermore, we will examine the impact of the AMO, with a special emphasis on the predictability that the AMO may bring to the regional weather and climate of North America, Western Europe, and the Arctic