Photos: a & b. Henry Grover, c. Kyle Doherty
We’re Recruiting a Funded PhD Student
The School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, seeks a motivated Ph.D. student to conduct field and greenhouse experiments in and near Flagstaff, Arizona starting in Fall 2021. The student will explore the utility of using greenhouse-grown mosses to enhance ecological restoration of burned forests. Specifically, they will: 1. Improve greenhouse cultivation techniques 2. Determine if mosses can support desired soil microbiota, 3. Develop methods to pelletize mosses for deployment in the field, 4. Quantify the effect of added moss pellets on soil health in post-fire environments. Funding would provide a research assistantship consisting of an annual stipend of $26,660, tuition remission, and student health coverage, in addition to travel and project costs. We expect 4 years of funding.
Qualifications: Master of Science in Forestry, Biology, Environmental Science is preferred. Candidates with Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Biology, Environmental Science or related field plus research experience (undergraduate thesis, capstone or internship, or employment-related experience) will also be evaluated. Candidates with greenhouse or field research experience will be strongly favored. Candidates with previous experience in soil ecology and/or bryophyte/biocrust ecology will also be favored. The candidate must satisfy all requirements set by the School of Forestry, and Northern Arizona University.
Admissions requirements (Deadline Feb 15, 2021):
GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work
GRE scores in the top 40th percentile
If English is not your native language:
a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or
550 on the paper-based TOEFL or
213 on the computer-based TOEFL
Three letters of recommendation
How to apply: First contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a statement of your research interests, and motivations for attending graduate school, with “Fire moss graduate student inquiry” in the header. Please provide a resume or C.V. and provide your GRE scores (if taken) and GPA. If we agree that you are a good match for the position, we will encourage you to formally apply to the program. We will make our final selection from those applicants.