Funded Ph.D. Position – New Mexico State University We are seeking a highly 
motivated Ph.D. student to work on amultidisciplinary desert/rangeland ecology 
project that spans the fields ofplant invasion ecology and soil microbial 
ecology. Research will be conductedin the Northern Chihuahuan Desert of New 
Mexico at the Jornada Long TermEcological Research (LTER) Site project will explore the abiotic and biotic 
drivers of Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostislehmanniana) invasion, as well as 
assess the impacts of invasion on extantplant and microbial communities. As 
such, the project will ask questionsincluding: “Does altered climate affect 
competitive relationships betweenlovegrass and native species?” “How do 
microbial communities change underaltered climate, and how do these changes 
impact the plant community?” “Doplant-soil feedbacks facilitate the invasion of 
lovegrass and the demise ofnative grasses?” Additional research questions by 
the student will beencouraged. The student would join the labs of Drs. Lehnhoff 
andPietrasiak in Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science 
( and Plant &Environmental Sciences 
(,respectively, and would also have the 
opportunity to interact with a dynamicgroup of ecologists at the Jornada LTER.  
Basic qualifications Candidates should have: aminimum of a BS degree (3.3 GPA 
minimum) in plant ecology or soil ecology (or aclosely related field) with 
strong quantitative and statistical skills;independent field ecology and 
laboratory research experience; the ability tocommunicate effectively both in 
writing and orally; and a willingness to worklong days in inclement weather 
including extreme heat. Preferred qualifications Ideal candidates will have:a 
MS degree in plant ecology or soil ecology (or a closely related field); 
ademonstrated capacity to lead field research including experimental 
design,data collection, and crew management; and ability to independently 
perform laboratoryanalyses. The position will start in June 2017 (start date 
may beflexible), and interested candidates should apply as soon as possible, 
but nolater than November 20, 2016. To apply, send a cover letter 
describingexperience and interests, CV, transcripts, and GRE scores, and 
provide contactinformation only for three professional references to both: and  New Mexico State University is a 
comprehensive land-grantinstitution of higher learning accredited by the Higher 
Learning Commission ofthe North Central Association of Colleges and 
Universities. An active researchuniversity, NMSU anchors the southern end of 
NewMexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research 
andpublic service expenditures. NMSU is classified as aHispanic-serving 
institution by the federal government with a total minorityenrollment over 48%. 
Home to the state’s NASA SpaceGrant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, 
whichfeatures desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the 
OrganMountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University 
iscommitted to building a cultural diverse educational environment. 

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