Postdoctoral Scholar in Wetland Plant Ecology – Louisiana

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
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The Quirk Lab specializing in Wetland Plant Ecology and Soil Biogeochemistry in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University (LSU) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to help organize and lead a series of field and manipulative experiments on the die-off of native and invasive strains of the cosmopolitan Phragmites australis in marshes of Louisiana. Over the past several decades, die-offs of coastal marsh grasses have been a widespread and common occurrence in North America, Europe and China. Since the Fall of 2016, Phragmites die-offs have been reported in the lower Mississippi River Delta (MRD). There are multiple haplotypes of Phragmites that occur in the MRD including both native and invasive strains. The die-off seems to be adversely affecting the native more than the invasive European strain (Haplotype M). Additionally, the die-off has occurred primarily in the lower MRD and not along other parts of the coast. The primary goal of the research is to examine the possible environmental stresses and relative tolerances of different varieties and populations of Phragmites that lead to die-off. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop strong collaborations with other groups involved in this project including microbiologists, plant pathologists, and experts in remote sensing.
The candidate must have successfully defended their Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, or a related field. It is not necessary to be conferred to be hired for this position. The preferred candidate will have experience conducting field and greenhouse experiments and operating small boats. The candidate will be expected to lead and participate in field work that may require physical effort to transport equipment in field sites in Louisiana that are accessible only by boat. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as these researchers will work collaboratively with the PIs, other post docs, graduate and undergraduate students, and research associates and technicians. Good organizational and communication skills, creativity in methodological development and understanding of experimental design and statistical analyses are required for this position. Initial appointments are for 1 year, and may be renewed for 2 years. The desired start date is Fall 2020, but is negotiable. To Apply: Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in this position, your career goals, and details your work and educational experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) up to 3 relevant reprints, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Tracy Quirk (
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