Two PhD positions in biogeomorphic modeling available at LSU
Louisiana State University, Louisiana, United States
Apply before: 15 December 2023

My group at Louisiana State University has two PhD positions available to study biogeomorphic feedbacks in fluvial and coastal systems.

We work with several numerical models to study hydro-morphodynamic and transport processes in rivers and coastal systems and their interactions with various organisms (see attached examples). Prospective students will have the chance to use and develop those models as they design their own research projects. In addition, the students will work with field and satellite data to inform their models, with the possibility of fieldwork.

Research projects may vary depending on the student's interest though current research evolves around geomorphic and ecosystem interactions, and their adaptation under climate change and anthropogenic impacts. These include e.g., biophysical effects on transport of sediments and microplastics, wetland resilience and geomorphic adaptation under sea level rise, flood risk, fluvial morphodynamics under dams/dam removal, sustainable restoration and management solutions across coastal Louisiana.

Louisiana State University is Louisiana's flagship university with more than 35,000 students and provides stipends of $30,667/year for graduate students. We are part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering and the Center for Computation & Technology with excellent state-of-the-art computing facilities. Louisiana hosts a strong coastal research community both at LSU and across several research and federal institutions with many opportunities for collaboration.

Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and located along the Mississippi River close to Louisiana’s unique wetlands and swamp landscapes. Baton Rouge’s metropolitan area hosts a population of 870,000 and boasts a vibrant culture and excellent food scene (for more info see Living in Baton Rouge).

The starting date is either Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. There is no strict deadline, but it is recommended that interested students send their CV and short research statement by 15 December 2023 to Don’t hesitate to send me an email with any questions or to discuss any research ideas and opportunities beforehand.


Muriel Brückner, PhD

Of interest for:
  • Coastal Working Group