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Research Fellowships

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Water Impoundments

EPA Office of Research and Development

NSF Graduate Research Internship Opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Opportunity Title:

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Water Impoundments

Research Area:

Environmental Changes Research

EPA Lab/Center/Office:

National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)


Cincinnati, OH


3 - 12 months

Brief Summary:

Conduct field work, lab work and data analysis to quantify the magnitude of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from water impoundments (i.e. reservoirs). This research will be used to improve the nation’s GHG inventory.

Opportunity Description:

EPA is responsible for reporting the nation’s annual greenhouse gas inventory to the United Nations. Recent studies indicate that the current estimate of methane (CH4) emissions in the United States is too low, suggesting that the inventory may be missing important CH4 sources. Research by EPA scientists indicates that CH4 emissions from reservoirs (i.e. impounded waters), a CH4 source not included in the inventory, may be significant at the national scale. The objective of this project is to generate a national scale estimate of CH4 emissions from reservoirs using advanced measurement and statistical approaches.

This large research effort will present many opportunities for student involvement including field sampling, laboratory experiments, analytical work, and data analysis.  The student will also have an opportunity to interact with other research groups investigating a wide range of topics including algal blooms and nutrient management. 

The student should have an interest and technical expertise in data management and statistical packages (i.e. R, Excel, ArcGIS, etc).

Opportunities for Professional Development:

The student will gain experience working with a team, identifying research questions, interpreting environmental data, and communicating research results to scientists, stake holders and policy makers. The student will also gain exposure to multiple research partners and work closely with colleagues at the EPA, USGS, Army Corps of Engineers and multiple universities.

Relevant NSF GRIP Fields of Study (FoS) Biogeochemistry
Microbial Biology

Point of Contact or Mentor:

Jake Beaulieu (

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