The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is recruiting PhD students interested on precipitation controls of net primary production. Our current research projects focus on the relationships between aboveground to belowground components of net primary productivity along a precipitation gradient. We integrate field manipulative experiments with simulation modeling and analysis of long-term data. There are ongoing experiments across sites in New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas testing plant-response and trophic-cascade hypotheses.
Our lab is in the School of Life Sciences and we work in tight collaboration with the Jornada Basin LTER (NM), Semiarid Grassland Research Center (CO) and Konza Prairie LTER (KS). For information about graduate studies at ASU visit: https://sols.asu.edu/degree-programs/graduate .
The successful applicant should have a BS or MS in a relevant field of study, field work skills, and the ability to work with an interdisciplinary team. Formal application deadline to ASU Environmental Life Sciences PhD program is December 15th. Please contact Osvaldo Sala (Osvaldo.Sala@asu.edu) prior to submission to assess common interests. Students that are from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.