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Beca para estudiar una maestría en suelos en la Universidad de Alberta

Por cortesía del doctor José Luis Pantoja PhD.,Investigador Prometeo de la Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT) y que colabora con la Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE), les presentamos esta oferta de beca para estudiar una maestría en suelos en la Universidad de Alberta.

Department of Renewable Resources

Project title

Nitrous Oxide Emissions, Nitrogen Use-Efficiency and Grain Productivity in Ferti-irrigated Croplands: Effects of Slow Release and Split Nitrogen Additions.

Project description

To quantify and reduce N2O emissions from agricultural, fertilized soils, are critical challenges for scientists, farm managers and the broader society. Irrigation may disproportionally increase the risk for higher emissions to occur, but increases in soil moisture could also increase both nutrient use-efficiency and grain productivity which in turn would counterbalance higher emissions when quantified in an intensity basis. Further, management practices such as slow release or split fertilization could result in enhanced environmental and agronomic performance. This project will address these questions via a multi-year field experimentation and attempt to identify balanced solutions.

Field activities will take place in sites planted to annual crops under common rotational systems in Alberta and using modern facilities and equipment. Work will involve instrumentation to quantify fluxes, soil and plant responses. Laboratory work will involve novel approaches to discern associated soil processes and properties. This can include incubation work. In addition to frequent interactions with University of Alberta staff, collaborative work will be also conducted with personnel from provincial and federal research agencies.

Desired assets and skills
B.S. in agronomy, soils, crop production and related fields.
Knowledge in nitrogen cycling.
Proactive and flexible.
Open to undertake scientific approaches and to engage intense numerical analyses, data interpretation, and writing.
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
A desire to present results in public.
Computer skills.
A 3.5 GPA or better.
A valid driver license and clean driving record/abstract.

Application requirements

. Resume or C.V.
. Letter of intent (1 page) describing any research experience and interests.
. Transcripts of grades.
. TOEFL and GRE scores are highly recommended.
. Three letters of recommendation with contact information.

Keywords: Soil, Nitrous oxide, Greenhouse gases, Flux, Ferti-Irrigation, In-Crop Split Nitrogen Fertilization, Wheat, Canola
Annual stipend: CAD 21,000
Deadline: April 20, 2015.
Timeline for beginning the program: Sept. 1, 2015, or Jan. 1, 2016

Contact Information:

Guillermo Hernandez Ramirez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Alberta
Dept. of Renewable Resources
E-mail: ghernand@ualberta.ca
http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/GraduateProgram https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/agroecosystems_group/home


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