Specialist training will cover novel field sampling methods. Firstly, the measurement of CO2 fluxes by IRGAs and gas chambers. This will be closely linked to case Partner PP Systems, who are considered a world leader in the design and manufacture of scientific instruments for CO2 measurement. The student will visit the CASE Partner PP Systems (based in MA, USA) for a research placement and play a central role in the development of novel applications of their instruments. In addition, in the field the student will receive training in the use of ADCP methods to quantify river flow (Figure 2).
It will also cover methods that the supervistory team have developed, including trapping of CO2 for isotope measurements (stable carbon isotopes and radiocarbon).
S/he will be trained on cutting-edge geochemical methods, including: geochemical preparation for elemental and isotopic analyses of organic matter by EA-IRMS; measurement of CO2 isotopic composition; radiocarbon measurement by AMS, with the potential for an extended visit to the NERC Radiocarbon Facility for more in depth training.
The numerical modelling component will make use of existing approaches, and the student will receive training in how to set these experiments up, run them, and process/interpret the data.
The supervisory team has the necessary expertise to train the student in these specialist skills, all supported by a dedicated team of technicians in Durham Geography and the NERC Radiocarbon Facility. In addition to receiving regular supervisory meetings and support at Durham (in partnership with SUERC), the student will also be enrolled in a graduate training programme at Durham University and through IAPETUS-specific training, gaining a range of transferable skills relevant to completion of the PhD and developing a career path, including writing research proposals and giving oral presentations.
S/he will attend national and international conferences, networking events and outreach activities, developing an important network for feedback and future employment. The student will attend and contribute to the programme of regular departmental seminars and paper reading groups on a wide range of topics, to support the development of a well-rounded scientist. S/he will attend national and international conferences (e.g. AGU, EGU, Goldschmidt), networking events and outreach activities, developing networks for feedback and future employment.