The Division of Biology at Kansas State University is recruiting diverse, highly-qualified graduate students to assist with understanding the linkages among microbiomes of aquatic, plant and soil (MAPS) ecosystems across the state ofKansas.
The goal of MAPS is to understand:
- How microbiome structure and function among these systems change across the precipitation gradient of Kansas and land use, and
- How those changes in microbiomes affect broader community and ecosystem properties. In all, the integrated and collaborative NSF-funded project is driven by >15 investigators, all of whom work collaboratively and train students in an interdisciplinary framework.
If you are interested in developing skills in collaborative, team-based science focused on deploying cutting-edge tools in environmental microbiology and informatics, please contact the listed individuals who might serve as your graduate advisor. Students must discuss their interests with a potential advisor (by email or by scheduling a phone conversation by email) prior to submitting an application.
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- For Plant Pathology see ). We encourage students with experience in bioinformatics, molecular ecology, microbiology, field work and experimental design to apply. Experience working across multiple ecosystems or across environmental gradients will be preferred but not required.
Applications due by
15 December for Fall or Summer 2019 start.
MAPS NSF Award information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1656006
- Chuck Rice (Soil Microbiology; )
- Walter Dodds (Aquatic Ecology; )
- Ari Jumpponen (Fungal Ecology; )
- Sonny Lee (Metagenomics, bioinformatics; )
- Thomas Platt (Microbial Evolution; )
- Lydia Zeglin (Microbial Ecology; )
- Sanzhen Liu (Bioinformatics; )