Funding is available in the BioCOM lab (http://www.vims.edu/research/units/labgroups/biocom/) of Dr. Marjy Friedrichs for quantitative and interdisciplinary graduate students interested in studying historical and future impacts of climate and land-use change on water quality and biogeochemistry of the Chesapeake Bay. This estuary is of essential interest due to its ecological and economic significance as well as the availability of one of the longest and most comprehensive estuarine data sets. However the health of the Chesapeake Bay is currently at risk due to rising population, urbanization, and increasing fertilizer usage. Simultaneously this region is experiencing changes in atmospheric temperature, precipitation, and sea level, which are projected to increase over the coming years. Prospective M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students interested in combining mathematical models with biological, physical and chemical observations to investigate these human-related changes in the Bay are encouraged to apply. Mathematical and computer modeling/programming experience is helpful, but not required. For more information, please contact Dr. Friedrichs directly using the email link above.