PhD & Msc positions in wetland ecosystem services and restoration

The Atwood and Kettenring labs in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University have openings for graduate students (MS and/or PhD) in wetland ecosystem services and wetland plant restoration, starting summer and fall 2017.  One project is primarily focused on quantifying ecosystem services in natural and restored Great Salt Lake wetlands and the prioritization of management actions based on different ecosystem service scenarios, under the guidance of Dr. Trisha Atwood (, an aquatic ecologist with a focus on global change.  Students with past experience working in wetlands and/or working with conservation prioritization tools are particularly encouraged to apply.  A second project is focused on techniques for reestablishing native plants for supporting ecosystem functions and services in Great Salt Lake wetlands, under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring (, a plant ecologist who focuses wetland restoration and management.  Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, and/or wetland restoration are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Atwood ( and Dr. Kettenring ( with their transcripts (unofficial okay), GRE scores, a statement of research interests including preference for one or both projects, and a resume or CV.=20 Review of applicants will begin April 14, 2017, and the positions will remain open until filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.