PhD Assistantship in Arctic Ecology at U Texas

Subject: PhD Assistantship available: Arctic Ecology

The McLaren Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso is looking for

graduate students interested in working at the intersection of ecosystem and

community ecology. A PhD 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.

Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. (preferred) 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.

More information about my lab at UT El Paso is available at More information about the Department of Biological

Sciences and its graduate programs can be found at and

Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1 but students are encouraged

to contact me well in advance of that date.

Interested students should send a c.v. and short statement of research

interests to Jennie McLaren at prior to applying.