A fully-funded Ph.D. research assistantship is available to develop and implement a project evaluating the impacts of invasive weed species on rangeland ecosystem services and the economic and ecological benefits of managing those weeds across the landscape. This project will build upon existing data sets, incorporate field experimentation, and coordinate with landowner and manager partners to accomplish research goals. Our program provides ample opportunity to participate in scientific meetings and to interact directly with land managers and decision makers. Classroom teaching opportunities are also available for interested students.
The student will be based at University of Wyoming’s main campus in Laramie, WY for the first academic year. Following completion of the majority of required coursework, the student will work from UW’s Sheridan Research and Extension Center in Sheridan, WY. Anticipated start dates are May 2018 or August 2018.
Qualified candidates will have an M.S. in weed science, rangeland ecology, or a closely-related field. I am seeking a student with excellent critical thinking and communication skills and an interest in using research to address on-the-ground management issues to provide meaningful impact to western land managers. Experience analyzing spatial data is a plus, but not crucial.