M.S. or Ph.D. Assistantships available for study of plant-microbe-insect interactions associated with prickly pear cactus

The Brooks Lab at Mississippi State University is looking to recruit 1-2 new graduate students for the Fall of 2018. Projects will involve field and laboratory work, with the potential for Ph.D. students (or exceptional M.S. students) to also develop theoretical models and test their predictions with controlled experiments (lab and/or field). The phyllobiome of cactus has not been well-studied, despite the unique ecology and physiology of these plants. There is an excellent opportunity for a gifted and motivated student to really advance our knowledge in this area. 
If you are interested in applying, please submit a CV, and GRE scores (if you have them) along with a brief statement outlining your interests (and any expertise) and how they might contribute to the lab. Please do write if you are interested – GPA and GRE scores are noted, but high scores are easier to find than true interest and motivation (which might show up in the statement of interest). 
Send materials to: cpbrooks at biology d0t msstate d0t edu