Whitebrush (Aloysia gratissima) is a common shrub found throughout central, west, and south Texas rangelands that is often the target of mechanical and chemical treatments to help reduce shrub monocultures and promote shrub and forb diversity for wildlife populations. New developments in chemical technologies have facilitated opportunities for innovative applications to control for this species, though experimental trials in field settings are needed to better understand what promotes application success. Furthermore, a dearth of knowledge in basic elements of whitebrush ecology exists, and such information would provide researchers and managers with a comprehensive approach to addressing concerns related to this species. We are seeking 1 M.S. student to conduct research on whitebrush management and control in experimental field settings throughout private rangelands of Texas. Furthermore, this student will be responsible for leading research into the basic ecology of whitebrush through greenhouse studies. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to work with the Principle Investigator to design research questions that best serve their personal interests. This project will also provide the successful candidate an opportunity to help establish field research protocols across multiple sites in Texas. This position will involve working in collaboration with scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and private landowners throughout Texas. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Evan Tanner. The successful applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at national and regional scientific conferences.
B. S. degree in ecology, wildlife science, natural resources, range science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot/humid Texas environment) are essential. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and conduct field research. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores. As per a requirement through our funding source, the successful applicant must be from Texas.