The Invasive Plant Science Lab in the Department of Plants, Soils & Climate
at Utah State University has immediate openings for MS and PhD graduate
students. In general, projects will be focused on invasive plants in
natural area and agroecosystem settings with basic and applied emphasis.
Topics for research studies will include climate change, resistance
mechanisms, plant competition, belowground (root) characterization,
landscape dynamics, modelling, and others yet to be determined. Together,
studies of individual plants will lead to a better understanding of the
factors contributing to invasion success and how management can be designed
to best limit it. See the Invasive Plant Science Lab website for more

Currently, two projects are underway addressing medusahead in rangelands
and kochia in cropping systems with new projects being developed to address
green foxtail in organic production systems, common reed in riparian and
wetland systems under extreme drought, spotted knapweed in rangelands,
dyer’s woad on marginal lands, and biocontrol of Canada thistle. Students
with a background and interest in fields related to invasive plants are
particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Dr.
Steve Young ( a single pdf that includes: 1) letter of
application describing educational background, research experience, career
goals, and professional interests, 2) resume or CV, 3) contact information
for at least three references, and 4) GRE and TOEFL scores (if required).
Review of applicants will continue until the positions are filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of
100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low
cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby
ski resorts, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled
recreational opportunities.

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