Research Associate - Grassland ecology
Study the community ecology of S. TX grasslands that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses. Work closely with both UT researchers and ranch biologists to assess responses to ongoing management treatments of grazing and fire aimed at restoring native diversity.
Develop and test hypotheses to elucidate mechanisms of plant community dynamics and invasion processes under ongoing and historic land management. Document baseline conditions in advance of future biological control treatments aimed at reducing negative impacts of invasive exotic grasses (e.g. buffel grass and guinea grass). Participate in studies of the African home range ecology of the exotic grass species. Develop a research program according to his/her expertise and also support parallel studies into grass-microbial associations and biological control. Prepare reports and publications. Write proposals for grant funding. Oversee, train and mentor technicians and undergraduate research assistants. Coordinate and plan their work schedules. Ensure safety procedures are implemented.