PhD: Paleoclimate reconstruction of Aotearoa New Zealand over the Late Quaternary (~1 million years)
Lorna Strachan, University of Auckland, Aotearoa-New Zealand
Martin Crundwell, GNS Science, Aotearoa-New Zealand
Keywords: IODP, sediment core, paleoclimate, microfossil, pollen, foraminifera, SW Pacific, ocean currents, stratigraphy, age model As part of a new project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden fund, we are looking to recruit a PhD candidate (fully funded over 3 years at the University of Auckland) to lead the analysis of Quaternary paleoclimate record from the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand and to become part of our international research team.
The wider project will look at the potential relationship between climate change (and hence sea level) to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. This PhD project will sample a ~500 m thick sediment record that spans ~1 Million years that was recovered from the Hikurangi Margin (offshore of the East coast of the North Island of New Zealand) at Hole U1520D in 2018, as part of International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 375.
This PhD project will develop a detailed paleoclimate record (using microfossils - both foraminifera and pollen, stable isotopes and other paleo-proxies) over multiple glacial-interglacial climate cycles over the last 1 million years. This time period is important as there was a significant climate transition, known as the Mid-Pleistocene Transition, with many global changes occurring during this time. The PhD candidate will work together with other researchers (including early, mid, and late career scientists) to contribute to a much larger research programme that brings together investigators from around the globe (NZ, Australia, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, US) with expertise in sedimentology, paleoseismology, volcanology, biostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and seismic interpretation.
The aim of the PhD is to determine how paleoclimate changed over the last 1 million years on the Hikurangi margin. Specific objectives will include:
The student will join the Coastal and Marine Geoscience Group at Auckland, a vibrant community of postgraduate students, postdocs, and academics interested in a wide variety of physical processes from the coast to the deep abyss. While based at the University of Auckland, and dependant on future COVID restrictions, the student will spend time at the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) Research, located in Wellington, NZ, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and have regular opportunities to engage with the international advisory team.
Applicants should have a background in earth sciences, Geoscience, environmental change, or environmental science with an interest in paleontology and paleoclimate, and a willingness to learn new techniques. Individuals with an MSc are preferred. Although exceptional, experienced BSc Honours graduates will also be considered. Once the candidate has been accepted to the PhD they can start at any point within the year. The project is open to all candidates (NZ and International). There are currently some covid-related visa restrictions for international students, but pre-visa enrolments are possible.
CLOSING DATE - 24th September, 2021
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