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Invasive Plant Informatics PhD/Masters with University of Wyoming in Laramie

Type of position Graduate Research Assistantship
Employer University of Wyoming
Location Laramie
Description of Location This position is based in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, “Laradise” offers outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities and is just an hour’s drive to a bustling group of metropolitan cities. For more information, visit http://visitlaramie.org/
Salary http://www.uwyo.edu/research/proposal-development/proposal-tool-kit/graduate-assistantships.html
Closing date of competition Contact by October 1st, 2022
Date position available Spring Semester 2023
Description of duties

The Invasive Plant Informatics lab at the University of Wyoming is seeking a prospective PhD/Masters student to conduct interdisciplinary research to help solve problems arising from plant invasions. We aim to develop practical tools for on-the-ground managers and policy makers, which often requires integrating the fields of ecology, biogeography, socioeconomics and data science. Possible projects may include the analysis of large datasets and predictive modelling to guide surveys for new invaders or assess impacts to biodiversity. While much of the work will be computer-based, opportunities exist to conduct field work in the beautiful ecosystems of Wyoming, with an emphasis on natural areas or rangelands.

Qualifications sought

Applicants should have a strong background in ecology, botany, or related field. Regardless of background, all applicants must be interested in developing the following skills, and preference will be given to those with prior experience in:

  • Handling spatial data
  • Statistical analysis using a computer programming language (such as R)
  • Measuring biodiversity and the influence of human-driven global change
  • Plant taxonomy, including identification and the tracking of scientific names
  • Translating science for practitioner and lay-person audiences
Contact for additional information Kelsey Brock ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what Please send a CV and statement of interest by October 1st, 2022 for full consideration for the Spring 2023 semester. Screening will continue until suitable applicants are found, although applications initiated after this deadline will likely have a later start date.
Submit to Please contact Dr. Kelsey Brock via email ([email protected]) for questions and to discuss submission of application package.