PhD Position on Climate Change and Ecosystem Services, University of Florida

Agency
University of Florida
Location
Gainesville, FL and Davie, FL
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
Annual stipend with comprehensive health insurance and full tuition waiver
Start Date
01/01/2023
Last Date to Apply
12/31/2022
Website
https://www.ufl.edu/
Description
Understanding how to foster sustainable and long-term resilient agroecosystems in an altered climate remains challenging. Such knowledge is crucial for grasslands that account for ~70% of the global agricultural production area. This research aims to address how different land management and grazing regimes interact to affect grassland ecosystem services under future climate variabilities, and the extent to which manipulation of grazing could serve as adaptations to enhance climate resilience of grasslands. Knowledge obtained from this project will be integrated into decision support tools to guide climate adaptations and inform innovative best management practices. Anticipated start date: Spring or Fall 2023 Closing date: Open until filled. Review of candidates will start 22 August 2022 and be on a rolling basis. SALARY AND BENEFITS It is a fully-funded PhD position, and selected candidate will be offered a competitive annual stipend as well as comprehensive health insurance and full tuition waiver. HOW TO APPLY? Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu (qiuj@ufl.edu) through sending a current resume/CV with GPA, a brief statement of research interests and experience, along with contact information for three references as a single PDF. Research in the Qiu lab can be found in: http://jiangxiaoqiu.weebly.com. Qiu Lab is in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, and based at Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Qualifications
• Interest and experience in ecosystem service, landscape ecology, and global change ecology • MS degree in a related field (e.g., ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, environmental science) • Experience in conducting field studies and lab analyses of plant, soil, and gas samples • Demonstrated quantitative skills (e.g., statistics, GIS, modeling, etc.) • Strong motivation and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit and social skills • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills • Experience in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
Contact Person
qiuj@ufl.edu
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