I am seeking applicants for a Ph.D. position at UMBC in the Department
of Geography & Environmental Systems. Starting date is Fall 2018.
In general, we focus on community ecology and the factors that promote
species coexistence in space and time, both in aquatic and urban
ecosystems. I am interesting is a student to join our efforts to
understand the role of native plant biodiversity in enhancing ecosystem
services on urban vacant land.Â Experiments on campus and in Baltimore
City are underway whereby plant functional diversity has been
manipulated in light of different regional species dispersal pressures
to understand urban community assembly. The successful applicant will
work closely with members of the lab on these projects, and develop
research questions independently, yet aligned with the overall goals of
the work.Â The focus can include or combine any number of the projectâ€™s
elements: fieldwork, experimentation, and/or meta-analysis/synthesis.
Ideally, the student will have earned a Masterâ€™s degree before starting
here at UMBC.
The student will have the opportunity to interact with researchers
associated with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Urban Long Term Ecological
Research Site.Â Quarterly and Annual meetings will serve as main venues
to dissemnitate their findings as well as network within and outside the
academic community. The student may also have the chance to be involved
in group synthesis efforts I am involved with here in the US and abroad.
Ultimately applicants will need to apply to the graduate program at UMBC.
However, I will only consider applications who contact me directly via
email (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>), indicating
your intention to apply. In your inquiry Â please include: 1) a brief
introduction; 2) an academic CV; Â 3) GRE scores if available; and 4) a
description of your career goals and how you feel working on this
project will further those ambitions.
UMBC is a culturally diverse campus situated near Baltimore, and within
close proximity to Washington DC. Access to transportation is quite
convenent, making visiting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region easy.
In terms of natural surroundings, Maryland is often considered â€œAmerica
in miniatureâ€ given the large range in ecosystem types ranging from
wetlands, swamps and bogs, tidal flats and beaches, to upland forests.
My lab takes seriously this excerpt from the UMBC vision statement: “Our
UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an
inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning,
research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance
knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and
inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.”