Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PhD), plant-soil interactions, Dept. of Plant & Soil Science, University of Vermont

Available Fall

Plant-Soil Interactions within the Roadside Landscape

Applications are being accepted for a Graduate Research Assistantship to support research on plant-soil interactions in the Department of Plant &Soil Science at University of Vermont.

This assistantship will be supported through funding from the University Transportation Center ( to characterize the environmental impacts of our current transportation systems.

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Sarah Taylor Lovell of the Multifunctional Landscape Research Lab ( and Dr. Deborah Neher of the Soil Biological Indicators Lab ( to study the functions of the roadside landscape through plant-soil interactions.

This effort will not only contribute to our understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the environment, but also to the development of sustainable alternatives for the design and management of rural landscapes.

Specific responsibilities could include: soil sampling and analysis, plant collection and identification, characterization of plant composition, and spatial mapping.

Graduate Research Assistants are also expected to participate in teaching, data entry, preparation of research papers, presentation of results at scientific meetings, statistical analysis, and graphical illustration of data. Preference will be given to students with experience in soil ecology and plant science.

The graduate research assistantship is comprised of a twelve-month, grant-supported stipend in the amount of $28,000.

The student will be charged in-state tuition and fees.

The workload is expected to average approximately 20 hours per week on research over a 12 month period.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and experience along with your curriculum vitae to Dr. Lovell or Dr. Neher.

Admission will also require receipt of a completed application to our graduate program.

You can find application materials on the web through the Graduate School of University of Vermont (

Apply to the graduate program in Plant and Soil Science (

Contact information:

Sarah Taylor Lovell, MLA, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Vermont
Department of Plant & Soil Science
201 Hills Agricultural Building
105 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0082
Phone: 802-626-0466
Fax: 802-656-4656

Deborah Neher, PhD
Associate Professor and Chairperson
University of Vermont
Department of Plant & Soil Science
Hills Agricultural Building
105 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0082
Phone: 802-656-0474
Fax: 802-656-4656

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