Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate student assistantship, marsh microbiology

Two graduate student positions are available at the University of Massachusetts Boston to work on a newly funded NSF project focusing on the effect of a massive ecosystem state change on the microbiology of the nitrogen cycle in salt marsh sediments.  The state change is in the form of a marsh restoration where a tidally restricted degraded oligohaline marsh will be restored via return of tidal flow.  One position will focus on the restoration that will occur in summer 2015 (with initial field sampling in summer 2014). The other position will examine a series of previously restored marshes in the greater Boston area and involves engaging first year students in the research process. Methods include basic biogeochemical and microbiological ecology analyses including next generation sequencing of microbial communities.  Strong analytical and writing skills a must and previous research experience strongly preferred.  Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.  Interested students should send a CV and a brief email outlining your research interests to Jen Bowen at jennlfer.bowen@umb.edu.