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Research Opportunities

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) department at Tulane University is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2023 for a range of projects. All accepted students will be supported with a tuition waiver and stipend, associated with a combination of research or teaching assistantships and fellowships. The deadline to submit graduate applications is January 9, 2023. We do not use the GRE for admissions. For more information on how to apply, please see this website.

The department has 13 faculty members and 23 graduate students. EES is actively building a culture based on values of EDI and anti-racism. Tulane is in New Orleans – a city with tremendous diversity of cultures and community. Rarely a weekend goes by without a festival, and events like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and French Quarter Fest draw tourists from around the world.

Below is a brief description of currently available research projects. Interested applicants should contact the listed professor for more details on the research. For general questions about the graduate program, contact Nicole Gasparini (ngaspari@tulane.edu), director of graduate studies in EES.

  • The Quaternary Research Group (https://quaternaryresearchgroup.wordpress.com/) has an opening for a PhD student in the Fall of 2023. Potential research projects include but are not limited to (1) relative sea-level change during the last deglaciation and/or the last interglacial; (2) carbon cycling in deltaic environments; and (3) coastal subsidence in relation to fluid extraction. We are particularly interested in students who are keen to work with multiple advisors, both within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering (https://sse.tulane.edu/river). There may also be opportunities to make an extended visit to a different research lab, either in North America or Europe. For more information, contact Torbjörn Törnqvist (tor@tulane.edu).

  • This project is seeking a Masters or PhD student with interests in structural geology, fluid flow, and deformation of marine sediments. Data include 3d seismic volumes (public domain), along with high-resolution bathymetry and mapped seafloor features linked to fluid escape available from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  Opportunities for international collaborations and interaction with researchers with national labs exist, associated with a multi-disciplinary DOE supported project at Tulane. Please contact Prof. Nancye Dawers (ndawers@tulane.edu) for details. 

  • The Mangrove Lab has graduate student opportunities for those interested in blue carbon and nature-based solutions. This may also include mangrove ecosystem services, deforestation, conservation and restoration. Study areas include the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and Southeast Asia. Students with a remote sensing or greenhouse gas flux background are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information contact Prof. Dan Friess (dfriess@tulane.edu) or visit www.themangrovelab.com 

  •  If you are interested in working with another professor in our department who isn't listed above, feel free to contact them directly. Other mechanisms for funding may arise later. All of our faculty can be found here.