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

Graduate student assistantship: I am looking to recruit a graduate (MS) student to lead a study investigating nitrogen (N) fixation in inland northwest US forests. A preliminary study suggested that free-living N fixers may play an important role in the nutrient economy of coniferous forests, and I would like to work with a student to address this idea. However, I will also encourage the successful candidate to pursue their own questions under this broad umbrella.

To apply:

If you would like 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.


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.