We have an opening for a PhD student to work on NSF-funded research on the ecosystem consequences of species range shifts in high elevation ponds in the Rocky Mountains. The project is a collaborative effort with Co-PIs Scott Wissinger (Allegheny College) and Brad Taylor (North Carolina State University).
The student will work with our team at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) to conduct a series of experiments to understand how novel communities arising from climate-induced range shifts influence the breakdown and assimilation of detritus in pond food webs. Developing complementary lines of research is encouraged, as is co-mentoring undergraduate student research projects and contributing to teaching.
The position includes stipend, tuition allowance & health insurance at the University of Maine, and room and board and travel to and from the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab for 10 weeks per summer.