Thank you for your interest in the Martina Lab at Texas State University! MS and PhD graduate student positions are available beginning in Fall 2021 (see advertisement below).
Research in the Martina Lab incorporates many elements of plant ecology, invasion ecology and ecosystem ecology to study global change in wetlands and grasslands. We use field, laboratory, and computational modeling techniques to test hypotheses concerning some of the most important drivers of global change, such as biological invasion, nitrogen deposition and climate change.
If you are interesting in joining our lab please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a description of your research interests and a current CV/resume.
Ph.D. position: Effects of disturbance and nutrient enrichment on grassland ecosystems.
The Martina Lab (https://martinalab.weebly.com) in the Department of Biology at Texas State University is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. position to investigate the role of disturbance and nutrient loading on grassland ecology, including plant community composition, invasion dynamics, and C and N cycling. The position is available starting Fall 2021. Funding is provided through a combination of teaching and research assistantships.
The focus of this funded Ph.D. position is to determine the effects of disturbance and eutrophication on grassland community structure, invasibility, and carbon cycling. This project is part of a collaboration among Texas State University, Texas A&M University, and USDA-ARS using a newly established DRAGNet field site at the Grassland, Soil, and Water Research Lab in Temple, TX. DRAGNet builds from a decade of highly successful collaborative research by Nutrient Network, but examines a new set of theoretically-motivated questions about the effects and interactions between two pervasive global changes, land disturbance and elemental nutrient influx. For more information, please visit https://nutnet.org/dragnet.
The student will have freedom to develop their own research questions related to the overall goals of the project. The student should expect to incorporate some combination of field, laboratory, greenhouse, and/or computational modeling techniques to answer critical questions on the role of disturbance and eutrophication on grassland ecology. The ideal candidate will have research experience in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, or a related field.
The Department of Biology at Texas State offers a strong environment for training students in ecology and conservation. The Ph.D. program in Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology strongly recommends applicants have a MS degree before the position start date, but exceptional applicants with only a bachelor’s degree will be considered. For program information see: https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/Ph-D--Aquatic-Resources.html
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcripts (as a single PDF) to: Dr. Jason Martina, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Texas State University (email@example.com). Please send materials by December 15. Reference letters for top candidates will be solicited at a later date. Applications to the graduate school are due January