Anticipated assistantship to begin in Summer 2018, on a project evaluating wetland wildlife habitat management, in cooperation with the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. The project, if funded, would evaluate control methods for invasive aquatic plants that often reduce the wetland plant species diversity of southeastern US wetlands.
Funding for the position will combine Teaching and Research Assistantship support, which includes a monthly stipend, waiver of all out-of-state, and waiver of most in-state tuition and fees. Nine-month stipends in the department currently are approximately $15,000 for Master's students and $17,700 for Ph.D. students; this position would provide additional summer support beyond the nine-month assistantship. The Department of Biological Sciences also has a limited number of competitive stipend enhancements, in addition to travel awards to assist with pre-admission campus visits.
More information about the lab and general research interests can be found at: www.garyervin.net
Preference will be given to students with experience or training in wetland plant ecology (especially students familiar with taxonomy of the US wetland flora). Previous research experience, familiarity with GIS and basic statistical approaches, and demonstrated writing skills are also desirable.
Interested students should send the following by email to Dr. Gary Ervin: (1) statement of research interests and compatibility with the above area of research, (2) resume/CV (including GRE percentile scores), and (3) contact information for three potential references. Suitable candidates then will be asked to provide at least one research-based writing sample and to submit an online application for graduate studies.