Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology

*Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International


*Florida International University, Miami, Florida*

One PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological

Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) (

to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2018.  These

positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term

Ecological Research program ( and will include

integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public


FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse,

vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the

Everglades.  The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in

Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and

Cellular/Molecular Biology.  The FCE LTER student organization (, based at FIU, is a very active community

of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct

integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission

requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match

existing research assistantship support (

Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential

Fellowships.  The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2018,

but early submission (December 2017) is highly encouraged.

*Sea-Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Ecosystems:*  The

candidate=E2=80=99s research interests should include global environmental change,

wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially

biogeochemistry and organic matter processing. The student will be expected

to develop research related to understanding how sea-level rise and

saltwater intrusion affect net carbon storage in freshwater and brackish

wetlands through altered nutrient subsidies and salinity stresses to soil

microbial and wetland plant communities.  Interested applicants should

contact Dr. John Kominoski ( and visit his lab website ( before applying.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate

students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water

Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades

Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat

collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level

rise and saltwater intrusion.


John Stephen Kominoski

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences and

Southeast Environmental Research Center

Florida International University

11200 SW 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33199, USA


Office: +1 305.348.7117

Lab: +1 305.348.6512

Fax: +1 305.348.1986