Friday, 14 January 2011

4 Ph.D. position (3 years) available in forest ecology/functional biodiversity research (Göttingen)

You can apply for the following Ph.D. position at the world renowned university of Goettingne, Germany! Already 44 Noble Laureate had been shaped their career here. Then, why not you?
1) Interactions between trees in mixed forests (supervisor: Ch. Leuschner)

Competition in the canopy space and in the soil of mixed stands will be investigated with dendrochronological and dendrochemical methods and competition experiments.

Key words: Interspecific tree competition, dendrochronology, competition experiments

2) Tree species differences in respiration (supervisor: D. Gansert)

The respiration of roots and stems of different tree species in mixed forests will be quantified in its dependence on the environment using oxygen optodes and CO2-accumulation cuvettes.

Key words: tree respiration, tree species differences, carbon balance

3) Belowground productivity of mixed forests (supervisor: Ch. Leuschner)

Optical observation techniques and C- and N isotopic analyses will be used to quantify the growth and turnover of tree fine roots and the related C-flux to the soil.

Key words: Root turnover, belowground carbon fluxes, stable isotope analyses

4) Complementarity of tree water use in mixed stands (supervisor: Ch. Leuschner)

Water consumption and leaf water status of 5 tree species will be investigated in an experiment to identify species differences and water use complementarity effects in mixed stands.
Key words: transpiration, tree species, complementarity of resource use

Salary: 1100 € per month (tax free, Graduiertenstipendium)
Grants available from April 1, 2011 – March 30, 2014

Applications with CV and statement of priority for the 4 positions requested by January 30th, 2011 to

Prof. Ch. Leuschner, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften, Abteilung Ökologie und Ökosystemforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen. E-Mail:


Monday, 3 January 2011

14 doctoral researchers in the field of Forest biodiversity

"The Role of Biodiversity for Biogeochemical Cycles and Biotic
Interactions in Temperate Deciduous Forests"
(DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1086)

the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen offers fellowships for

14 doctoral researchers in the field of Forest biodiversity

Subjects: Plant Ecology, Soil Zoology, Ecohydrology, Insect Ecology,
Mycorrhiza Research, Soil Science, Ecological Modelling,
Environmental Economics

starting from April 1, 2011

The group carries out research on mechanisms influencing the role of
tree species identity and diversity in broad-leaved deciduous forests
for productivity, carbon sequestration, nutrient and water turnover,
biotic interactions, and ecosystem services. Fieldwork will take
place in forest stands with up to 15 tree species in the Hainich
National Park, Germany. Individual fellowships will amount to 1,103 €
net per month (+ family allowances) for 3 years.

Successful candidates must have a degree (master or equivalent) in
ecology, biology, agronomy, ecological modelling, applied mathematics,
chemistry, economics or related disciplines. Computer skills, command
of the English language and experience with data collection, handling,
and statistical analyses are most welcome.

Please visit the website of our research training group
( for further details.
Applications should be submitted online via .

The Geog-August-Universität Göttingen strives to increase its
proportion of female staff and specifically encourages qualified women
to apply. Disabled persons with corresponding aptitude for the
position will be favored.

Screening of applications will begin on January 30th, 2011, and will
end when the positions are filled.


Michael Köhler

Ansprechpartner: mkoehle1(at)


Best adventorous tourist attraction in the World: mt. Everest trekking

The thrill of high-altitude trekking in Nepal was once available only to a gung-ho few. Recently, the journey has become more accessible.

In April 2011, co-host of international television show Word Travels and travel writer Robin Esrock will lead a trek to the Everest Base Camp with World Expeditions.

The journey begins in Kathmandu Valley and ascends through Sherpa villages to Tengboche Monastery, where awestruck hikers get panoramic views of the rock star mountains of the Himalayas: Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam.

Hikers will traverse part of the treacherous Khumbu Glacier, followed by an ascent of Kala Pattar (18,192 feet), before stopping at Everest Base Camp.

“In Nepal, acclimatizing is going to be key, as is exercising for several months beforehand to
ensure your body can take it,” Esrock cautions. “Wearing in your gear is a must, although those
incredible Sherpas will no doubt be worth their weight in stardust.”

The World Expeditions hike to Everest Base Camp runs April 4-24, 2011, and begins in Kathmandu.

Price is US$2,768 per person, including food, trek pack, porters and accommodation.

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