M.S. Opportunity: Control and Ecological Effects of Invasive Woody Plants We are seeking a motivated M.S. student to become part of an NSF- and Purdue University-funded project that is examining the control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants. The student will test the effectiveness of novel treatment options and examine how the plant community responds to the treatment of invasive plants.
The position is budgeted for two years beginning in either the summer or fall semester of 2019 and includes a graduate stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted. Desired qualifications: an undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, forestry, plant science, or a related field; experience conducting field research; and interest in the biology and control of invasive plants. To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Jenkins (jenki...@purdue.edu). We will begin reviewing application materials immediately and continue until a candidate is found. Women and individuals for other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and is ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking); emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural-resource sciences; and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community with a population of 174,000, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers’ markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.