Graduate Assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology Available at Ecoss

Published by Ecoss on

Northern Arizona University campus in the summer showing buildings in the foreground and the San Francisco Peaks in background.

Northern Arizona University: PhD and MS positions in Ecosystem Ecology are available in the Center for Ecosystem Science in Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University. The Ecoss mission is to conduct high-impact, innovative research on ecosystems and how they respond to and shape environmental change, to train next-gen scientists, and to communicate discovery and its relevance to people.

Research opportunities are available in the following areas linked to specific Ecoss faculty:

  • M. Mack, T. Schuur The impact of climate change on Alaskan ecosystems, including effects of changing fire regime and permafrost thaw on vegetation dynamics, plant-soil-microbial interactions, nutrient and carbon cycling, and ecosystem services.
  • B. Hungate, P. Dijkstra, E. Schwartz The effects of environmental change on soil carbon and nutrient cycling, and the physiological, population and community ecology of soil microorganisms.
  • J. Marks Freshwater ecology, including the science of river restoration and dam removal, terrestrial aquatic interactions and food web ecology.
  • G. Koch Exploring the interaction of water and carbon metabolism in diverse studies ranging from the limits to height growth of the world’s tallest trees to drought responses of soil microorganisms

Graduate student benefits include stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance, support for summer fieldwork in a variety of beautiful ecosystems, and winter in the peaks of sunny Flagstaff, AZ.

Candidates should explore the Ecoss website ( and contact the professor whose interests align most closely. Please include a cover letter describing their background, research interests, and qualifications, as well as a current resume. Program applications can be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences (final applications due January 15, 2016 after communicating with faculty member).

Categories: News & Events