Graduate Student Opportunity in Tropical Ecosytem Ecology and Biogeochemistry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Graduate student assistantship: One assistantship (MS or PhD) is available for a prospective graduate student interested in researching nutrient acquisition strategies among tropical rain forest tree species in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology laboratory at the University of Montana. This recently funded, collaborative project will combine techniques from ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, soil biogeochemistry and soil microbiology and make use of a set of greenhouse and field experiments in Panama to assess how plants acquire phosphorus in low fertilitity soils. The project involves an exciting partnership between researchers at the University of Montana, the University of Colorado and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence, prior relevant field and/or laboratory experience, and a demonstrated interest in ecosystem biogeochemistry research. Candidates with previous experience conducting tree seedling experiments in a greenhouse-type setting are especially encouraged to apply, and some Spanish language skills are required. Student support will include a combination of teaching/research assistantships, a stipend and a tuition waiver. Positions will begin in the fall of 2018.

To apply:

Please email the following application materials (as one document) to Dr. Cory Cleveland at cory.cleveland@umontana.edu: 1) a current resume or CV, including GPA and test scores (if available); 2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience; and 3) contact information (including Email addresses) of three potential references. The position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

For more information:

For information, visit these web sites Ecosystem Ecology Lab at the University of MontanaW.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation or  STRI.


Additional Opportunities

I am continuously looking for intelligent, creative, and highly motivated students interested in developing independent projects (M.S. or Ph.D.) in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and/or soil biogeochemical cycling. Students will be encouraged to contribute to ongoing research in tropical rain forest ecosystems, or to developing projects that address questions that are locally or regionally focused. Aspiring Ph.D. students interested in pursing research in the following areas are especially encouraged to contact me: i) the effects of global environmental change on soil carbon cycling, nutrient cycling and ecosystem processes;, ii) links between microbial community structure and soil biogeochemical processes; iii) the relationships between aboveground and belowground diversity and ecosystem processes. Students with experience using molecular microbiological techniques will be given especially strong consideration.

In general, the most competitive candidates will have a strong record of academic excellence, some prior field and/or laboratory experience, and a demonstrated interest in soils and/or ecosystems research.

If you are interested in discussing specific opportunities, please contact me directly via email at: cory.cleveland@umontana.edu, and please include a current resume or CV and a brief letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience.