Recent Lab News
PhD Position in Meadow Ecology and Soil Biogeochemistry
The Soil Ecology Laboratory at the University of Nevada (sullivanlab.weebly.com) invites applications for a motivated Ph.D. student to investigate soil carbon losses and sequestration in Great Basin meadow ecosystems. Montane meadows are ecological and biogeochemical hotspots in Nevada, the driest state in the nation. Soil carbon in meadows supports water retention, soil fertility, and vegetation productivity; productive meadows provide forage for greater sage grouse populations. However, meadow degradation may cause soil carbon losses due to meadow drying and reduced vegetation inputs. Can meadow restoration stop soil carbon losses and increase carbon sequestration?
The position will involve collaborative research to answer this question and others by quantifying rates of soil carbon sequestration, vegetation composition and production, and soil fauna community size and composition in degraded and restored meadows. The successful applicant should have a BS or MS in soil biogeochemistry, ecology, natural resources, or a related field. Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills are strongly encouraged, as is experience in both field and laboratory settings. The Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to join one of several interdisciplinary graduate programs that is best suited to the interests and career goals of the applicant. The start date for the position should be no later than August, 2018. The student will be supported by a graduate research assistantship that includes salary, tuition remission, and conference travel support.
For additional information about the Soil Ecology Lab or this opportunity, contact Dr. Benjamin Sullivan at email@example.com. Collaborators on the project include Drs. Tamzen Stringham (rangeland ecology and meadow restoration), Michael Taylor (environmental economics), and Andrew Nuss (entomology).
To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter describing research interests and accomplishments, relevant field, lab, and analytical skills, a current CV, any representative publications, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin April 25th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Lab technician Stephanie Freund is more than a stellar engine behind our lab and field work... she is an artist, and her artwork was just selected by the ESA Biogeosciences section as their logo. Congrats, Steph!
At the 2016 Soil Science of Society America Meeting,
Ph.D. Student Cody Reed was awarded the best paper presentation in her session. This was not a student specific award, and recognizes her strong contribution to an invited orgnanized session. Congrats, Cody!