Graduate student positions: McLaren Lab at UTEP

The McLaren Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (www.jenniemclaren.com) is looking for graduate students interested in working at the intersection of ecosystem and community ecology. Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and show a strong interest in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Ideal candidates will have some previous research experience in field ecology, a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and with a field crew, and availability to begin in June 2017. Students are required for the following projects

a. PhD Student: A position is available on an NSF-funded project examining the role of small mammals on carbon cycling in arctic tundra. This project will use a combination of field experiments with manipulations of mammal densities, measurements of plant and soil responses, and modeling and is a collaboration with faculty at Columbia University, Towson University, University of New Hampshire and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The project will involve summer field work in Alaska at Toolik Field Station, Barrow and Nome. The PhD student will assist with data collection for the larger project while developing his/her own dissertation project in conjunction with our research questions. The student will be support through a combination of RAships and TAships.

b. PhD or Masters Student: We are looking for a PhD or Masters student to conduct field research at Kluane Lake Research Station, Yukon Territory. Possible topics include warming effects on alpine tundra vegetation and soils, effects of increasing shrubs on tundra ecosystem properties, and other topics that fall within the research expertise of our research group. The student will be responsible for maintaining the sampling program on a number of long-term research projects and will develop a project either alongside or independent from these projects. The student will be supported primarily through TAships.

More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and its graduate programs can be found at http:/science.utep.edubiology/ and http:/science.utep.edueeb/. Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1 but students are encouraged to contact me well in advance of that date.

Contact Dr Jennie McLaren for more information at jrmclaren@utep.edu. Interested applicants should include a CV and short statement of research interests.