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Jobs in Canyonlands Research Station

Moab and the Peaks

Climate Change and Colorado Plateau Ecosystems

Biological Soil Crusts:  The Role of Trampling, Climate Change and Nitrogen Deposition in Affecting Community Species Composition

A PhD-level position for a U.S. Citizen (only!) is available at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to study biological soil crust communities. The student will work on a collaborative project with Drs. Henry Sun (Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV) and Jayne Belnap (USGS, Moab, UT) examining species dynamics of undisturbed biocrusts, as well as how trampling, climate change (temperature and water manipulations), and nitrogen deposition has affected biocrust composition and physiology. These studies will occur on both the Colorado Plateau and in the Mojave Desert.  The student will: 1) sample current and past experiments to assess treatment effects and recovery of species composition and physiological function; 2) synthesize 18 years of data on the natural dynamics of undisturbed biocrust communities (the longest running data set in existence); 3) give presentations and publish peer-reviewed papers. A background in laboratory and field methods in ecology, physiology, and biogeochemistry is preferred. Start date will be Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, depending on applicant availability. Position is expected to last 4 years. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to Dr. Sun (