NSF Funded MS Positions: Climate change and Caribbean serpentine flora

The Hulshof Lab will be accepting applications for 2 new MS students to begin January 2017. The two positions will both focus on the effects of historical and predicted climate change on Caribbean serpentine flora.

Responsibilities: The successful applicants will conduct a two-year, grant supported research project on serpentine flora in the Caribbean. The MS students will combine field and laboratory techniques to assist in understanding the ecology of tropical serpentine plant communities. The successful applicants will work with Dr. Catherine Hulshof to answer questions related to the effects of climate change on serpentine flora, ultimately leading to a comprehensive thesis. Stipend support in the form of a Research Assistantship will be available. Graduate students in Biology receive full tuition waivers.

MS Position #1: Plant functional diversity of serpentine and non-serpentine flora

MS Position #2: Remote sensing land cover and land use change of serpentine and non-serpentine regions

Qualifications: The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have a B.S. in biology, ecology, botany, or a closely related field. Prior field experience (especially hiking in remote areas and field work in Latin America), interests in plant ecology, working with large datasets and quantitative skills, are assets but not requirements. For MS Position #2 a background in remote sensing is a requirement. *Spanish fluency is strongly recommended*.

Minimum academic qualifications include 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 system).
GRE scores are NOT required.

Salary: approx. $18,000 + tuition waiver

Closing Date: 15 August 2016 or earlier if competitive candidates apply.

The candidate will be expected to begin January 5, 2017 for the Spring 2017 semester. Letters of interest and information described below should be emailed to Dr. Hulshof by 15 August 2016 or earlier. Please do not apply to the UPRM Graduate Program/Department of Biology without first contacting Dr. Hulshof.

Send the following by email with the subject ‘Climate and serpentine MS’ to Dr. Hulshof (catherine.hulshof@upr.edu) with all of the following information:

1) a cover letter explaining your interest, qualifications, and position interested in (#1, #2, both)
2) a resume (CV)
3) copies of transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) two letters of recommendation emailed directly

Feel free to contact Dr. Hulshof by email with any questions.

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