PhD Graduate Assistantship – Rangeland Grazing and Ecosystem Function

University of Wyoming

We are seeking a PhD student at the University of Wyoming (UW) for a research project assessing rangeland soil, vegetation, and livestock on a high-elevation research ranch located 30 miles north of Laramie, WY. The project will involve field work assessing drivers and response of soil organic carbon accumulation and flux relative to cattle grazing management across different soil types. Energy, gas, and water response variables will be measured using a low-cost eddy covariance system. Soil and plant monitoring will include a variety of techniques including the Ecological Health Index (EHI) - a 16-indicator, applied land monitoring platform. Ecological measurements will be linked with agricultural metrics such as soil response, forage production, grazing days, and livestock performance. This project is part of an international effort with other intensive and extensive research locations in Oklahoma and Michigan and will offer the opportunity to interact with a larger research team including soil scientists from Colorado State University, social scientists from Oregon State University, engineers from England, research scientists from The Noble Research Institute, regional producers, in addition to many others.