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					Student Research Opportunities – Gamon Lab, beginning April/May 2010

     1) Estimating Pasture Productivity using Remote Sensing & Field
        Sampling. (2-3 summer student positions) – This project explores the
        effects of grazing and drought on rangeland productivity (yield). Tasks
        will include field optical measurements, biomass harvesting, processing
        of plant materials to help calibrate remote sensing estimates of carbon
        gain and biomass production. This project combines extensive fieldwork
        in southern Albertan prairie sites with sample and data processing in
        Edmonton (May-August). Primary skills include abilities to work well in a
        team or independently, tolerance of occasional long hours of fieldwork
        or labwork, often under difficult conditions (e.g. cold or hot weather). A
        good work ethic (personal integrity, hard work, and self-motivation) is
        critical. Basic computing and instrumentation skills are also a plus.

     2) Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Gas Exchange (2-3 summer student
        positions) – Students will participate in field experiments combining
        field optical sampling, gas exchange, and biomass measurements for a
        variety of ecosystems. The goal is to improve remote sensing methods
        for tracking dynamic ecosystem gas exchange processes
        (photosynthesis, respiration, evapotranspiration), and to test optical
        metrics of ecosystem “health.” Methods include manual and automated
        sampling methods, including field spectrometry, harvest and phenology
        measurements, robotic sampling techniques, and eddy covariance. The
        project entails fieldwork at various sites in Canada, but also involves
        indoor work (processing samples and data). Most sites are
        representative ecosystems in Alberta (boreal forest, prairie, agricultural
        sites), but some limited visits to Arctic tundra sites (e.g. Churchill,
        Manitoba, or Daring Lake, NWT) may also be necessary. Primary skills
        include abilities to work well in a team or independently, tolerance of
        occasional long hours of fieldwork or labwork, often under difficult
        conditions (e.g. cold or hot weather). A good work ethic (personal
           integrity, hard work, and self-motivation) is critical. Basic computing
           and instrumentation skills are also a plus.

       3) Data Entry and Database Programming (1 student) – This student will
           assist in data processing and analysis and data entry into databases, and
           will work with data from projects 1 & 2 (above). Basic computing or
           programming skills (Excel, Matlab, SQL) will be required.



       4) Robotic sampling of Ecosystem optical properties (1 student) –
           Combines skills in mechanical engineering, electronics, programming,
           and optics to monitor ecosystem surface properties using automated
           instruments mounted on robotic carts, automated tilting platforms, and
           fixed tripods or towers (see project #2). A background in mechanical,
           electrical, and/or computer engineering will be helpful.

       5) Remote Sensing of Ecosystem productivity (1 student) – This project
           involves the use of satellite and aircraft data to analyze productivity of
           terrestrial ecosystems. Skills involve image processing, GIS, and
           modeling. The project will compare modeled estimates (derived from
           remote sensing) to field estimates (see projects 1 & 2).


Applicants should provide a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, a CV, 2
references and unofficial transcripts.

For more information, contact Dr. John Gamon, ph. 780-492-0345, email: jgamon@gmail.com.

				
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