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Graduate Assistantship for Masters in Environmental Change at New Mexico State University
We invite applications for an NSF-funded masters project at New Mexico State University. The position
provides exciting opportunities to be a part of a multi-disciplinary, international group engaged in an
NSF-NERC Collaborative Research project exploring impacts of regional ecosystem change on aeolian
(wind-driven sediment transport) processes across North American drylands. Under the supervision of
the PIs, the student will develop research into interactions between biotic and abiotic drivers of
ecosystem change. Areas of focus for the project are:
1. Impacts of oil and gas development on ecosystems and aeolian processes in the Upper Colorado
River Basin.
2. Impacts of shrub invasion on aeolian processes in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands.
The research will use national ecological monitoring datasets (e.g., LTAR, BLM AIM), sensor networks,
remote sensing and numerical modeling to characterize how Upper Colorado River Basin and
Chihuahuan Desert ecosystems are changing in response to different disturbance mechanisms that may
also impact aeolian processes. The research scope is broad, with options for the student to focus on
ecological, geomorphic, and/or restoration ecology aspects of the problem depending on their
Applicants must have a strong academic record in ecology, geomorphology, geography, environmental
science, or a similar natural resource related field, as well as the ability to effectively collaborate and
work independently. Preference will be given to applicants who have strong quantitative skills and an
enthusiasm for using big data to address multi-disciplinary problems. The student is expected to work in
collaboration with PIs at the New Mexico State University Department of Plant and Environmental
Sciences, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range and Cardiff
University, Wales. The position will be funded through a graduate assistantship.
Please find further lab information about the Jornada Experimental Range:
and NMSU’s Graduate School:
For more information please contact Dr. Nicholas Webb ( or Dr. Akasha Faist
( To apply, please submit a letter of interest stating motivation for applying to the
position and your research interests, curriculum vitae, copy of transcript(s), and contact information for
3 references to the above email address. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The
positions will remain open until filled.
Address applications to:
Nicholas Webb
USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88011
+1 575-646-2263

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