PhDs (Terrestrial Paleoclimatology)

As part of an expanding Terrestrial Paleoclimatology Research Group in the Dept. of Geology at Baylor University PhD studentships are available starting in August, 2016. Currently, there are eight faculty in this group ( with broad expertise in paleopedology, sequence stratigraphy/sedimentology, paleobotany, organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, geomorphology, geochronology, and Quaternary environments focused on forwarding paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions, including deep-time.   Existing research projects represent an exciting opportunity to join an internationally established research group addressing issues of global importance such as extreme climate variability, the associated response of lacustrine and hydrologic systems, ecological changes, carbon cycling, hominid evolution and elucidating the record and forcings for continental-scale climate variability.

Candidates should have at least an undergraduate degree in geology or geophysics, or in a related area, with demonstrated numerical and scholarly capacity; and a propensity for field and laboratory work.

Further information about the Dept. of Geology PhD program is found at Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

For further details contact Prof. Steven Driese (, Geology Graduate Program Director.


Fynbos Forum – Innovation Scholarships 2016

Post-graduate students at Masters or PhD level who are studying at South African Universities and Universities of Technology are invited to apply for a Fynbos Forum Innovation Scholarship.
Scholarships are to be awarded for 2 x Masters (R32,000 each) and 1 x PhD (R52,000) commencing January 2016.

These scholarships will be granted for one year, and depending on funding availability could be renewable upon the submission of satisfactory progress reports annually, up to the maximum term permitted being two years for an MSc and 3 years for a PhD and subject to the approval of the committee /scientific selection panel and TMF. Candidates must be working on a research project that is at the interface between science and application, and which is aligned with the Fynbos Forum Research Strategy. The Scholarships are wholly merit-based, and are a means to attract, retain and incentivise the best young researchers to work in the Fynbos Biome.

Interested students can email the secretariat at for application forms

Upcoming Conferences – 24.09.15

  • 5th International Geological Congress, 27.08-04.09.16, Cape Town, South Africa. Abstract DL: 31.01.16. Registration: now open. See conference website: for more information PLUS updates on the @35thigc:
  • 2nd International Conference of Aerial Archaeology, 2-3.02.16, Rome, Italy. Abstract DL: 30.09.15. Conference website:
  • IMCC2016, 30.07-03.08.16, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Call for symposia, workshops & focus groups. DL: 16.11.15. More Info:
  • Joint SAAB-SASSB Conference‬,10-13.01.16, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Abstract DL: 05.10.15, Reg DL: 16.10.15. Conference website:
  • European ‪‎Conference‬ of Tropical Ecology, Göttingen, Germany, 23-26.02.16. Abstract & Reg DL: 15.10.15. Conference website:

Job Opportunities – 24.09.15

  • 2 PhD, 2 Postdoc(Machine Learning for Geosciences), Universitat de Valencia, Spain. Application details:
  • 2 PhDs (megadrought risk), University of Melbourne and Monash University, Australia. DL: 16.10.15. Full details:
  • Staff Associate (spatial reference data), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, NY. DL: Open Until Filled. Full ad:

Centre of Excellence (CoE-Pal) – Call for Funding 2016

This programme is focussed on supporting projects in Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, Palaeo-anthropology, Archaeology and cognate disciplines

Grants available to:

Postgraduate Bursaries (Honours, Masters, Doctorate), Postdoctoral Fellowship and Operational Support


Those who are eligible are postgraduate students (Honours, Masters and Doctoral), postdoctoral fellows and academic/research staff from one of the partner institutions: University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Ditsong Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Bloemfontein and Albany Museum.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, 28 September 2015.

The Grant Application and the Funding Guide are accessible on the CoE-Pal website,

See: Application Call 2016 and Funding Guide

Upcoming Conferences

Live broadcast of sessions from 10th International Symposium on Knappable Material, 7- 12.09.15. Aula Magna video feed:; Sala Gran video feed: See for the session program

AMQUA2016 24th Biennial Meeting, 28.06-02.07.16, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Early Reg DEADLINE: 05.05.16. Abstract DEADLINE: 10.04.16. Conference website:

Evaluating the Early Anthropocene Hypothesis: The Impact of Early Farming Economies on the Environment in East and West Asia, 18-19.02.16. University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Conference website:

2nd International Conference of Aerial Archaeology “From Aerostats to Drones: aerial imagery in Archaeology, 3-5.02.16, Rome, Italy. 1st Circular:

4th Asia Pacific ‎Luminescence & Electron Spin Resonance Dating ‪‎Conference. Nov 22-26th, 2015, Adelaide Australia. Registration still open. More details:

2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 21-26 February 2016, New Orleans, LA. Abstract DEADLINE: 23.09.15, Registration: opening soon. Conference website:

5th International Geological Congress, 27.08-04.09.16, Cape Town, South Africa. Abstract DEADLINE: 31.01.16. Registration: now open. See conference website: for more information