A PhD studentship is available for the NSERC-funded program “Plio-Pleistocene dinoflagellate cysts and paleoceanography of the North Atlantic region” in the Department of Geology, University of Toronto, Canada. The North Atlantic Current (NAC) and thermohaline circulation are major drivers of global climate change, transferring heat and moisture to high northern latitudes. Moisture is necessary for ice sheets to accumulate, thereby increasing albedo and causing global temperatures to drop. Hence, the Northern Hemisphere, through its capacity to grow extensive continental ice sheets, has been a major amplifier of global climate change at least since the Late Pliocene. The changing dynamics of the NAC and polar front are accordingly critical to our understanding of past and future climates.
Applicants must have relevant degree in relative field.