MS and PhD opportunities, tropical speleoclimatology - Las Vegas, USA

PhD and MS opportunities in Tropical Paleoclimatology are available at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA, and Indiana State University, USA.


The start date for both positions is expected to be Fall semester of 2019, with the possibility of an advanced start date for qualified candidates.


Two masters students and a doctoral student are sought to complete field and laboratory research on an NSF-funded tropical paleoclimate grant to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Indiana State University.

The project objective is to generate long paleoclimate records from speleothems from Central American caves and test hypotheses of driving forces. The project will involve field work in Central America and laboratory work at the Las Vegas Isotope Science Laboratory, with the possibility for further U-series dating laboratory work with a collaborating institution.

The PhD candidate should be well versed in Geoscience or a closely-related field relevant and have a background in climate science and paleoclimatology. The student should have experience in one or more of the following: speleothem paleoclimatology, stable isotope geochemistry, Uranium-series radiometric dating, and/or statistical techniques. This student will be eligible for up to two years of support on a research assistantship. Spanish language skills are highly recommended, and prior experience with or willingness to learn caving and vertical rope techniques will be helpful.

For the MS positions, students are sought to complete speleothem paleoclimate records, cave climate monitoring and precipitation isotope collection and analyses in Central America. Prior research experience in climate science and/or geochemistry is helpful but not required, and Spanish language skills would be useful.

For both positions, outreach efforts to provide educational materials to residents near the study caves will be a critical component of the research effort.


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Please contact Matthew Lachniet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Amos Winter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for expressions of interest or questions.

They will be attending the GSA meeting in Indianapolis in October 2018 and the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. in December 2018 to meet with interested students.

Further information

The UNLV Geoscience Department has 21 faculty, 200 undergraduate students, and more than 50 MS/PhD students. The department hosts laboratory facilities including stable isotope, argon geochronology, fluid inclusion, XRF/XRD, ICP-MS, soils, and electron microprobe/SEM labs.