I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will work on a 3-year funded project to quantify the role of tree mortality and wood decomposition on carbon mineralization in forest ecosystems as a function of climate AND biological activity, with specific attention given to the importance of tri-trophic interactions between southern pine beetle, bluestain fungi, and subterranean termites.
This project includes both field work (with the possibility of international travel) and laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The anticipated start date is August 2019. Financial support is available for three years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.
If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs.
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019. Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found at http://www.siegert-hydrolab.com/join-our-lab. Details on the full application process can be found at http://www.grad.msstate.edu/future-students/.