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Subject: Doctoral assistantship in ecosystem dynamics of vernal pool ecosystems in Maine

Graduate Assistantship: There will be a new Ph.D. post available beginning
January 2014 in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program at the
University of Maine. The candidate will participate in studies of the
impacts of land use change on the community structure and ecosystem dynamics
of vernal pool ecosystems in Maine.  Specifically, this person will work
with Aram Calhoun and Krista Capps to study linkages between community
ecology and biogeochemical processes in vernal pool ecosystems.  This
assistantship will be one of several positions that will be advertised as
part of a Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems project that project
brings together a team of ecologists and economists from multiple sub-
disciplines and institutions to address two overarching goals: (1) explore
the biophysical and socioeconomic components of vernal pools, as a coupled
systems model for management of small natural features in larger landscapes,
and (2) improve strategies for conserving vernal pools and other small
natural features with large ecological significance. The student will have
flexibility to design his or her own research question within the scope of
the larger project. We seek individuals interested in freshwater ecology and
biogeochemistry who are excited to learn and work within an
interdisciplinary team of researchers.

Support includes an assistantship stipend, a tuition waiver, subsidy for
health insurance, and funds for field research.

Required Qualifications: The candidate must have a B.S. in ecology, aquatic
science, environmental science, or closely related field. The candidate must
be interested in conducting research in applied biogeochemistry and have
substantial experience working in the field. Excellent GPA and GRE scores
and an interest in collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to problem
solving are also required.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have an M.S. in an
environmental field, experience using GIS, experience working within teams
in field-based projects. Experience conducting research in aquatic
biogeochemistry is also preferred, but is not necessary.

Start Date:  Position available starting January 2014, but the start date is

To Apply:  Please send the following information as electronic files to Please include CNH PhD Position in the subject
heading. Please attach all documents as Word documents or PDFs with the last
name of the candidate included as part of all of the file names. Review of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable
applicant is found for the position.

(1)     A letter of application and statement of research interests and background
(2)      Resume or curriculum vitae
(3)     Unofficial copies of GRE scores and all post-secondary transcripts (official copies will be required before the candidate is offered the position)
(4)     Contact information (name, affiliation, email address, phone number) for three professional references

Application Procedures:

Review of materials will begin in mid-late October and continue until the position is filled.

Dr. Krista Capps and Dr. Aram Calhoun <>
Thursday, September 26, 2013

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