Graduate opportunities – Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change – Texas

Funded PhD and Masters Opportunities

Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX

I am looking for motivated PhD or Masters students interested in exploring terrestrial ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate change. In my lab, we use a =

combination of empirical, theoretical, and simulation studies to examine feedbacks between terrestrial plants and soils and the Earth=92s climate system. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics at a number of different scales, from the leaf to the globe. Topics currently being studied in the lab include:

– Photosynthetic acclimation to climate change – Physiological mechanisms underlying plant biomass responses to nutrient=

addition – Mechanistic models of plant respiration – Land use decision – climate feedbacks – Agricultural responses to climate – Development of next generation land surface models

More information about the lab is at

The lab has financial support for multiple students through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

Requirements: (1) Bachelor=92s degree in a relevant field, including, but not limited to Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Atmospheric Science, Geoscience, Physics, Computer Science, or Statistics; (2) interest in gaining empirical and modeling skills; (3) curiosity about how the natural world works; (4) ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Interested students are encouraged to first contact Nick at nick.smith@tt= Application details can be found at

Positions are available starting as early as Summer 2018.

Nick Smith

Assistant Professor – Texas Tech University Adjunct Assistant Professor – Purdue University


Phone: 806-834-7363