Ph.D. Opportunities

Last Updated: October 20th, 2021

PhD Opportunity at University of Arizona
  • Starting in Winter of 2022
  • Student will work on project entitled “Rock-plant interactions driving early soil development and landscape evolution”
  • The work will examine weathering reactions in the basalt rock as a result of water flow, microbial community and plant development, as well as feedbacks to plant emergence and growth. It will be conducted at the Landscape Evolution Observatory at Biosphere 2.
  • Interested candidates should submit their application on the Department of Environmental Science web portal
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PhD Graduate Research Assistantship – Clemson University

  • Dr. Amy Scaroni (Forestry and Environmental Conservation) and Dr. Sarah White (Plant and
  • Environmental Sciences) are recruiting a PhD student in applied ecology and remediation science to start either in August 2021 (preferred) or January 2022
  • Advance the science and practice of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) in brackish systems, with a goal of providing a preliminary understanding of how nutrient dynamics within brackish waters influence FTW plant productivity and contaminant mitigation potential
  • Investigate various aspects of FTWs, including habitat value, microbial community composition, and plant suitability across nutrient and salinity gradients.
  • View the full PhD description 

PhD in Soil and Watershed Biogeochemistry at Idaho State University (Normal, IL)

  • Start fall 2021 or spring 2022
  • Research in Kathleen Lohse's lab focuses on soil and watershed biogeochemistry with interests in hydrology and biogeochemical interactions
  • Join a collaborative team of scientists focused on understanding the role of climate and lithology play in controlling the distribution of microbial communities and functions in soils
  • If interested, please contact Kathleen Lohse at and provide a cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and professional goals and a CV that includes your GPA. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.