We are looking for two (2) motivated graduate student (M.S.) to join our soil health research project. The objectives of this project are as follows:
1) Use satellite imagery to evaluate landscape-scale data for indicators of long-term soil carbon sequestration, which may or may not include increases in plant species diversity, increases in overall plant health, decreases in bare soil or other indicators of improved soil health; and
2) Work with the OCC, conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), General Mills and other soil health partners to compare and contrast current soil health/carbon data on newly-established and longer-term sites that have been practicing regenerative agriculture. This may include sites previously sampled as part of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District and OCC’s carbon sequestration program, comparison between current practitioners of regenerative agriculture and more traditional management on neighboring fields, and or other comparisons between current soil health and organic matter content and that collected historically. This project will also examine the role of soil geochemical properties in mediating the response of carbon and nitrogen cycles to soil health practices.
One student will be enrolled in the Environmental Science Graduate Program and the other in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department from the Ferguson College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater). The students will be co-advised by Drs. Scott Stoodley and Andrea Jilling. The M.S. position is expected to begin in the fall of 2021. Please send a goal statement, CV/ résumé, unofficial transcript, and three letters of reference to Kavina Eksteen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Program Coordinator Environmental Science Graduate Program. Submissions will be considered as they are received but are due no later than 31 July 2021
A B.S. in soil science, environmental science, biology, or a related field. A valid US driver’s license is required. Additionally, experience with soil sampling, field data collection, data analysis and remote sensing/GIS are desirable.
Additional Salary Information: This position carries a monthly stipend of between $1,200 - $1,900 for twelve (12) months of the calendar year, plus tuition waiver and a subsidized premium for single-person health insurance.