Project Description :
Understanding the distribution of species across environmental gradients is an enduring goal of ecology and evolution. For plants, competition for resources, particularly nitrogen (N), has been a major focus of understanding how species interact and sort within an ecosystem. In fire prone ecosystems, like the longleaf pine forest of North Carolina, pulses of high N availability occur following fires. The goal of this project is to understand Can plants that have experienced frequent fires retain a larger proportion of the N pulse than fire-naïve plants?
Applicants will have the opportunity to gain research skills relevant to microbial ecology, plant physiology, and ecosystem processes, and the student will gain hands on experience working with controlled ecological studies. Work will involve laboratory analyses, and data entry/quality control. Candidates interested in technician positions must be comfortable working independently and in groups. Individuals that take initiative, and enjoy hard work and doing hands-on ecological research, are encouraged to apply. Hours are flexible. We are a diverse and inclusive lab, and encourage women and minorities to apply.