PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Wetland Ecology

Doctoral (and/or MS) Graduate Student position is available at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology, in Dr. Mark Hester=92s Coastal Plant Ecology Laboratory. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct monthly ecological monitoring of a wastewater treatment plant assimilation wetland located near Lafayette, Louisiana. Students will perform routine monitoring of soil parameters, water quality, and plant cover and species richness to study the effects of treated wastewater on a freshwater wetland habitat. This student will be co-advised by Dr. Mark Hester (UL Lafayette Department of Biology) and Dr. Taylor Sloey (UL Lafayette Institute for Coastal and Water Research). Successful applicants must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, be a team player and able to work well both independently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to collect data in strenuous field conditions. Additional desirable skills include an educational background in plant, soil, and/or water science, plant ecophysiology, and statistical ecology. The applicant should have an interest in applied biological sciences, be disciplined, capable of managing project timelines and deliverables, and should expect to reside in Louisiana to perform monthly monitoring of the study site.

Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available to support the successful applicant. Interested applicants should send any questions and/or the following application materials in an email to Dr. Taylor Sloey ( by November 23, 2017.

1) Letter of Interest (1 page)

2) Curriculum vita

3) GPA and GRE percentile score

4) Unofficial transcripts