Texas A&M University is a public institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 56,723 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 5,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas A&M University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 67.
ABOUT THE LUCERO LAB: We are an enthusiastic and collaborative group of ecologists interested in explaining, predicting, and managing patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in working ecosystems. Our interests lie at the intersection of community, population, and restoration ecology; global change biology; and natural resource management. We apply experimental, observational, and computational approaches at local, regional, and global scales to connect ecological patterns to their underlying processes. Our ultimate goal is to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem functioning for a sustainable future. Our interests are broad, but we’re especially fond of wrangling invasive plant species and restoring native communities.
Funded Graduate Assistantship (PhD) in Plant Ecology (Texas A&M University):
The Lucero lab in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management at Texas A&M University seeks applications for a PhD student to join our team in August 2023. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop independent research within the broad field of plant ecology. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, community ecology, invasive species ecology and management, restoration ecology, global change ecology, biodiversity conservation, and biogeography.
Applicants should be well versed in basic principles of ecology and evolution, and must have a strong appreciation for biodiversity conservation. Ideal candidates will have experience in field research (which may include a Master’s degree), data management, quantitative analysis using a statistical software (such as R), and preparing articles for peer review. Enthusiasm for the ecology and conservation of arid and semi-arid ecosystems is a plus.
This position is fully funded for 4 years and will be based out of the main campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Compensation (salary + tuition + fees + insurance) will be provided through a departmental teaching assistantship, which includes a teaching commitment (i.e., as a TA).
• BSc (GPA ≥ 3.5) in ecology, biology, environmental science, range science, natural resources, or similar at the start of the position.
• Appreciation for biodiversity conservation.
• Sound communication skills.
• Enthusiasm for fieldwork in ecology.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Previous field research experience
• MSc in ecology, biology, environmental science, range science, natural resources, or similar at the start of the position.
• Experience with data analysis using a statistical software (such as R)
• A record of preparing articles for peer review.
• Enthusiasm for the ecology and conservation of arid and semi-arid ecosystems
How to apply:
Applicants should submit the following to Dr. Jacob Lucero by email (firstname.lastname@example.org): 1) a 1-page cover letter highlighting a) your research experience, b) plans or ideas for future research, and c) how your research interests complement those of the lab; 2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least two professional references. Please use “LUCERO PLANT ECOLOGY PROSPECT – Your Name” as the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a suitable candidate is identified. Potential candidates should apply as soon as possible to guarantee full consideration.
Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2023
Location Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Job Category Graduate
Assistantships Salary: $24000/year + tuition + fees + insurance. Start Date 08/01/2023