PhD opportunity in Phytoplankton Synchrony-Stability Dynamics and Ecosystem Function at University of Vermont

The Vermont Limnology Laboratory at the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources seeks a PhD student to work on an NSF-funded project investigating feedbacks between phytoplankton community synchrony and ecosystem function. This is an interdisciplinary project that will test ecological theory of community assembly in lakes and mesocosms in response to disturbance across spatial and temporal scales. The project will integrate community and ecosystem ecology to assess feedbacks and amplification of carbon gas flux and lake metabolism with fluctuations in algal communities. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic about phytoplankton community ecology, and/or carbon biogeochemistry. Previous M.S. research in a related field is preferred but not required. Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority for our lab group and the University of Vermont. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Please see our website, vermontlimnology.com, to read our lab vision and code of conduct. The Vermont Limnology Laboratory/ Morales-Williams Lab group is housed in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory (RESL) on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT, USA. The RESL includes a recently upgraded microscopy and plankton analysis facility as well as a state-of-the-art 64-foot hybrid-electric catamaran research vessel that will launch spring 2022 on Lake Champlain.

Applications will be considered for start dates in either fall 2022 or spring 2023. To apply for this position, please send your C.V. and brief statement of interest to ana.morales@uvm.edu no later than March 25, 2022. More information on the Rubenstein School graduate program in Natural Resources and the formal application process can be found here: https://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/graduate_programs.

Ana M. Morales-Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT, 05405
https://www.vermontlimnology.com

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