Doctoral Grant in Geobiosphere Science with a Focus on Bedrock Geology at Lund University, Sweden

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Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences offers PhD Grant in Geobiosphere Science with a Focus on Bedrock Geology at Lund University, Sweden

Study Subject(s):Ordovician faunal dynamics and paleoecology linked to marine sedimentary settings
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: Lund University, Sweden
Scholarship can be taken at: Sweden

Eligibility:
Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in earth sciences, including courses in Bedrock Geology, sedimentology and paleontology. Knowledge in processing techniques and working methods of acid resistant microsossils is an asset. A very good knowledge of written and spoken English is required. The project will involve teamwork and will require good collaborative skills.

Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Scholarship Description: he aim of the project is to study Ordovician faunal dynamics linked to the marine sedimentary depositional environment in order to better understand the faunal evolution during this dynamic time in Earth History. The dynamic Ordovician Period began with the most profound expansion of life that we know of, something that is usually referred to as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), during which the number of lower level taxa diversified significantly over a relatively limited time frame. The period terminated dramatically with the first of the five known Phanerozoic mass extinction events. Within the project Ordovician faunal dynamics and paleoecology will be analysed and linked to the evolution of the sedimentary settings. The paleontological focus will be on acid resistant microfossils in general and the remains of polychaetes (scolecodonts) in particular, whereas sedimentological analyses will include facies analyses and environmental reconstructions based on, among other things, thin-sections and concentrated mineral residues.

How to Apply: Online

Scholarship Application Deadline: 2011-09-30

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