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MS and PhD position Agroecology with Montana State University in Bozeman Mt, USA

Type of position Graduate research assistantship
Employer Montana State University
Location Bozeman Mt, USA
Salary Competitive graduate salary
Closing date of competition Dec 31st, 2017
Date position available Early 2018
Description of duties

Diversifying cropping systems through cover crops and targeted grazing:
impacts on plant-microbe-insect interactions, yield, and economic returns

The semi-arid section of the Northern Great Plains is one of the largest
expanses of small grain agriculture and low-intensity livestock production.
However, extreme landscape simplification, excessive reliance on off-farms
inputs, and warmer and drier conditions hinder its agricultural
sustainability. This project evaluates the potential of diversifying this
region through the integration of cover crops and targeted grazing. We will
complement field and greenhouse studies to appraise the impact of system
diversity, temperature, and precipitation on key multitrophic interactions,
yields, and economic outputs. Specifically, we will 1) Assess ecological
drivers as well as agronomic and economic consequences of integrating cover
crops and livestock grazing in semi-arid systems, 2) Evaluate how climate
variability modify the impacts of cover crops and livestock grazing on
agricultural outputs. Specifically, we will compare the effect of increased
temperature and reduced moisture on agronomic and economic performance of
simplified and diversified systems. Assess the impact of climate and system
diversity on associated biodiversity (weeds, insect, and soil microbial
communities) and above- and belowground volatile organic (VOC) compound
emissions, and 2.3) Evaluate how changes in microbially induced VOCs
influence multitrophic plant-insect interactions.

Qualifications sought

Successful candidates will be members of a vibrant, interdisciplinary team
of researchers on agroecology.  Candidates must hold a BS or MS degree in
ecology, agroecology, entomology, weed science, plant science, or related
field, depending on the position.  Excellent work ethic, team player, and
proficiency in English language (written and oral) are required.

Contact for additional information Dr. Tim Seipel
Application procedure  
Submit what Submit 1) Letter of application describing educational background, research
experience, career goals, and professional interests, 2) Resume, 3)
transcripts, and 4) Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of
three references. GRE and TOEFL scores (if required) are mandatory.
Submit to Electronic applications are accepted. Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Tim Seipel. timothy.seipel@montana.edu

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