Ph.D. position in Applied Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno

From: Hall Cushman [mailto:jhcushman@UNR.EDU] 
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:11 PM
Subject: Ph.D. position in Applied Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno
Ph.D. Position in Applied Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno
A funded Ph.D. position is available in Hall Cushman’s lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. This graduate student would be part of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology here at UNR (
The Cushman Lab has recently moved from California to Nevada, and will be continuing an existing project in the Bay Area and establishing new ones in the greater Reno area. Research in the lab focuses on population, community and ecosystem ecology, with emphasis on plant invasions, plant-herbivore interactions and the dynamics and recruitment of tree populations. This work has an applied emphasis, is strongly field-oriented, and relies heavily on the use of experiments stratified across environmental gradients.
The graduate student will be able to contribute significantly to research focused on topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
Aspen recruitment and regeneration in the Sierra Nevada, and the importance of conifer invasion, herbivory and other biotic factors in mediating these phenomena.
Cascading effects of reintroducing once extirpated large mammals on coastal ecosystems in northern California (see Ender et al. 2017, Ecology and Evolution 7:1561–1571).
Montane meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada and the role of shrub and conifer encroachment in mediating these efforts.
If you are interested in this position, please send Hall Cushman ( a CV as well as details about your academic background/experiences and research interests.
Applications for the EECB Graduate Program are due January 15 (
J. Hall Cushman, Professor & Chair
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

University of Nevada

Reno, NV 89557

775.784.4000 (voicemail)