Alabama A&M University is a public institution that was founded in 1875. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,107 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,173 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alabama A&M University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities South, #103-135.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences undertakes teaching, research, and extension functions in the land-grant tradition and offers B.S. degree programs in Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, and Plant Biotechnology. The Department fulfills its instructional mission by also offering M.S. in Biology, and Plant and Soil Science, and Ph.D. degree programs in Plant and Soil Science.

We offer excellent academic programs fostered by a supportive learning environment and low teacher-to-student ratios. In these settings, our diverse, experienced faculty provides students with individualized class instruction and mentorship. In addition to leading didactic classroom lectures, our faculty members are instrumental in providing scholarship, work-study, internship and post-graduate appointment opportunities to our students.

We are avid proponents of complementing the theoretical knowledge of biological and environmental concepts, with modern-day practical application. We boast internationally recognized expertise and extensive collaborations with the USDA Forest Service, Hudson Alpha, Department of Energy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and many state and federal agencies.

Description: We are searching for either a MS (in Biology or Plant and Soil Science) or PhD (Plant and Soil Science) candidate to join us for a new project concerning restoration ecology of longleaf pine forest and avian community assemblages in Bankhead National Forest, though there is some flexibility for development of additional research projects. This research project is a collaboration among USDA Forest Service, Tennessee State University, and AAMU, and is under the advisement of Dr. Yong Wang of AAMU.

Ideally, the chosen candidate would start work as an intern from April-15 till the start of the Fall 2023 semester where the assistantship would then officially start. Though start dates are flexible. A research vehicle will be available for field work, and field housing is provided at Bankhead National Forest. Additional support for attending conferences and meetings is provided.

Qualifications: We seek a motivated, self-driven, and good team player. Prior training of forestry and/or avian related courses and field work is helpful. The student is expected to be in good physical condition, be able to work in hot and humid forest environments with unpredictable field/weather conditions, and regularly work early mornings. A clean driving record is necessary to drive university vehicles. Students from groups that are underrepresented in current STEM fields are strongly recommended to apply.

Applications: Interested applicants should send a letter of application identifying the area of research interest, a resume (with field skills, interests, and past experience), copies of transcripts and the contact information for at least two references. This position will be open till filled. Contact Person Andrew Cantrell Contact eMail


Salary MS $20,000 a year, PhD $25,000 a year

Start Date 04/15/2023

Last Date to Apply 03/15/2023

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