The Marsico Lab is seeking a master’s student interested in basic or applied plant ecology, with a desire to study the evolutionary ecology of plant life on the flood-disturbed islands of the Mississippi River, one of the largest river systems in the world. Specifically, we are seeking a driven student interested in researching plant diversity patterns and/or phenological shifts due to flooding on Mississippi River islands. Possible research projects include the use of field observations, greenhouse experiments, river gage records, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Funding for this position is provided through a combination of a 9-month teaching assistantship and by the National Science Foundation through their Scholarships in STEM program (SUPERB: https://www.astate.edu/a/biodiversityscholar/).
Arkansas State University is a comprehensive, state-supported, doctoral university with high research activity (R2). The Department of Biological Sciences has nearly 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students across Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Molecular BioSciences graduate programs. Jonesboro is a community of nearly 80,000 people located in Northeast Arkansas, amidst the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and Crowley’s Ridge ecoregions. We are an hour away from Memphis, Tennessee, and the Ozark Highlands. Jonesboro boasts a regional center for quality healthcare, a variety of dining and entertainment options, a low cost of living, and plenty of recreational opportunities.
A bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or related field is required. Experience with or an interest in learning to identify vascular plant species with a variety of taxonomic keys and techniques for specimen collection and curation is required. Applicants should have a strong desire for scientific discovery, a thirst for adventure, and a knowledge of or willingness to learn boating and boat safety on an open river, trailering a boat, and GIS.
Applicants who are first-generation college students and/or underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant should plan to begin in August 2021, though there is a possibility for employment as a field technician on established projects beginning in May or June 2021, prior to the start of graduate school.
If interested contact Dr. Travis Marsico at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-680-8191. You can learn more about the lab at www.travismarsico.com.
If you plan to apply, please send an email to email@example.com that includes 1) a cover letter describing your interests, career goals, and relevant research experiences and skills; 2) your Curriculum Vitae [including names and contact information for three references]; and 3) a copy of your academic transcripts. Review of requested pre-application materials listed above will begin on January 25, 2021, and review of applications will continue until position is filled.