Project SP17b: Soil Health Lab Analysis

Project SP17b: Soil Health Lab Analysis
Researcher: Russell Hedberg rch206@psu.edu
Position type: Laboratory prep and analysis
Scope: 45-90 hours of work (mostly during the first half of the semester) for 1-2 credits.
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016
Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

Project and position description

This project is a component of dissertation research assessing soil fertility resilience and sustainability on small farms that sell produce through a network of farmer's markets based in New York City. A central component of this work is lab analysis of soil healthmetrics on field-collected soils from participating farms. The successful applicant will assist the researcher in the lab preparing samples and running assays, with the potential for independent work. This project will provide the opportunity to learn more about soil health and offers hands-on experience in physical/environmental geography.

Desired qualifications

The successful applicant must be dedicated, have good attention to details, and a willingness to work with their hands. This is a physical/environmental geography project, so prior course work in physical sciences and some faculty with statistics is a plus. Student must successfully pass Penn State's lab safety training prior to starting work, thus preference will be given to students that have already completed such training.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on the indicated date. Follow all instructions.