I am always looking for motivated students to join my lab. Interested applicants should read through some of my recent publications to evaluate fit, and contact me to discuss opportunities.

Opportunities for Spring/Fall 2023.  I am recruiting a PhD student to study plant trait distributions across northern Alaska. The PhD student will be part of an exciting collaborative team developing capacity for the remote estimation of aboveground and belowground plant functional traits and streamlining their inclusion in process models to quantify and predict regional carbon balance. The position is part of a DOE-funded research project and involves field work in northern Alaska, lab work to characterize leaf and root traits, and empirical modeling.

By studying the variation in aboveground and belowground plant traits across the major tundra vegetation communities present in northern Alaska, the candidate will strive to advance fundamental understanding of trait-environment relationships and trait covariation at the community- and PFT-levels to improve prediction of plant trait responses to climate change at the regional scale.

Qualified applicants should have a M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. The position will be supported through a combination of research and teaching assistantships (including stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

To apply, please contact me directly at jmf@illinois.edu with a CV and cover letter addressing your motivation to conduct a PhD in plant/ecosystem ecology at the University of Illinois.

Students may choose a degree program through either the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) or the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC). Official applications to these graduate programs are due December 15 and interviews typically occur in early February.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage a diversity of applicants to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.