We are looking for a highly motivated student to join our research team as an MS student in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. The student will be expected to conduct his/her thesis research broadly addressing the sustainable management of the diverse agroecosystems in the south-central Great Plains. The team has broad interests and expertise, and there is sufficient flexibility for the student to develop his/her project as long the research topic supports the sustainable management of the at-risk agroecosystems in the climatic transition zone. Topics identified as particularly relevant include (1) Competitive interactions between woody and herbaceous species – mechanisms and processes underlying establishment of woody species in the prairie, (2) Fire frequency in grassland and soil health, and (3) restoring prairie from eastern redcedar encroached watersheds and its ecohydrological impact. This position is supported by a departmental research assistantship, and the student will have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistantship in related courses.
We will consider candidates who have a BS or strong background in ecosystem science, range science, plant and soil science, forestry, ecohydrology or related fields. Additionally, experiences with field data collection, operating field instruments, and data analysis are desirable. Interested candidates should submit their CV, letter of interest, and the names of three references to Dr. Chris Zou (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin on February 30 and continue until the position is filled.