GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (MS in Biology, or Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University.
A position is available for a motivated MS or PhD student to evaluate how native plant species biodiversity impacts plant-soil feedbacks and post-fire ecosystem restoration in the sagebrush steppe. The student will work in an established field experiment located in South Western Idaho, that manipulates plant species diversity. The student will collect and analyze vegetation and soil biochemical data, with the aim to improve postfire restoration success in the sagebrush steppe and reduce annual grass invasion and wildfire risk on western rangelands. Our research is conducted in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of scientists associated with Boise State University, the Forest Service and the BLM.
Dr. Marie-Anne de Graaff (website) will be the student’s major advisor. The student will also work closely with colleagues at USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, in addition to collaborating with others in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. The student will pursue a M.S. in the Biology program, or a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Boise State University. The position will begin in Fall 2022.
- For the MS program: a bachelor of Science or Arts (B.S. or B.A.) in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Rangeland Science, or related field.
- For the PhD program: a bachelor of Science or Arts (B.S. or B.A.) in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Rangeland Science, or related field.
- Self-motivated, independent, and creative thinker who is enthusiastic about pursuing a graduate degree in ecosystem science.
- Experience with, or interest in soil ecology and biogeochemistry.
- Experience with, or interest in rangeland vegetation identification.
Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship, tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.
About the university and Boise
The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD and Biology MS graduate programs at Boise State University offer a diversity of courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. We have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations, all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities.
Boise State University is in the beautiful city of Boise, with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year-round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. To learn more, view the “Visit Boise” link at: https://www.cityofboise.org/
Please send via email in a single file attachment: (1) a cover letter that states why you are interested in this position, your qualifications, and career goals; (2) a CV that includes employment history, with dates of employment; (3) names and contact information for three professional references; and (4) copies of transcripts (unofficial are fine). Applications should be sent to Marie-Anne de Graaff (email: email@example.com). Please put “PhD, or MS application – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration” in the email subject line and include your last name in the file name.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received until May 20th, 2022. Applications received after that point may be considered if the position is not filled from the finalist pool. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s Biology MS program. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.
Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.