PhD position: Applying Trait-Based Models To Achieve Restoration Targets In Rangelands (funded by USDA)
Applying ecological theories to achieve land management objectives can be the strongest test of their generality and relevance to society, yet trait-based models are not being applied to meet restoration targets. The objective of the proposed work is to test whether a trait-based model can be used to restore valuable ecosystem services by strengthening drought tolerance and invasion resistance in two different rangeland systems. The research is organized around two objectives. First, we will determine if trait-based theories can be applied to restore plant communities that are drought-tolerant and invasion-resistant. Second, we will quantify how communities optimized for drought tolerance, invasion resistance, or functional diversity influence critical ecosystem functions including productivity, nutrient cycling, water use, and plant and arthropod diversity.
To apply: Email letter of interest, academic transcripts (unofficial ok), and contact info for three references to daniel.laughlin(at)uwyo.edu. GRE scores are not required.
DUE: as soon as possible
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