Benjamin Runkle will be working at the University of Arkansas, joining the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering as an Assistant Professor. This tenure-track position can be seen as analogous to a Junior Professorship but with the opportunity to be continued as a life-long professorship. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Hamburg, in Germany, and as part of the CliSAP community so much,” states Runkle. “I think the Cluster of Excellence does great work and provides wonderful opportunities. I can’t wait to see what’s coming up around the corner for all of these great research groups after the second CliSAP funding period.”
Since January 2010, Runkle has been working at CliSAP as part of the Research Group “Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems,” which is led by Prof. Lars Kutzbach and belongs to Research Area B, “Climate Manifestations and Impacts.” The scientists involved explore the intersections of the carbon, water, and energy cycles in wetland, peatland, and permafrost environments. A current focus of Runkle’s work is on assessing how the water cycle may be changing in permafrost environments like those found in Siberia.