Saskatchewan Plant Community Ecology Lab

Fundamental and applied research into the mechanisms that structure plant and soil communities. We study the mechanisms structuring plant community diversity, plant - soil interactions, plant competition, rangeland ecology and management, and statistical ecology.

University of Saskatchewan Convocation Spring 2013

PhD. Position Available: Linking soil microbes and crop productivity

Please note that this position has now been filled. Thank you to all who have applied.

A fully funded PhD. position with Dr. Eric Lamb in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan is available examining the causal links between rhizosphere bacterial and fungal communities and the performance of crop cultivars. This project is supported by the Global Institute for Food Security and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. This is a unique opportunity to join a large interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of agronomy, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, and statistical ecology. Variance in crop plant performance will be intensively measured in large field experiments and soil microbial community structure will be assessed using high-throughput next generation sequencing.

A PhD. student with a strong statistical ability is needed to work with in dynamic group including soil and plant ecologists, bioinformaticians, agronomists, and computer scientists to understand how soil communities drive crop productivity. You will focus on linking environmental variables and soil microbial community structure to crop plant performance using structural equation modeling and associated methods. Opportunities to expand your work to plant-microbial datasets collected in native grassland systems are also available. This project has an anticipated September 2016 start date.


A thesis based (research) MSc. degree (note an individual with a course based MSc. in statistics may be considered, but would be required to begin in an MSc. program with the option to transfer to a PhD. program after 1 year), and graduate level experience and training in one of the following fields: microbial ecology, bioinformatics, statistical ecology, or computer science.

Application Procedure

This position has nwo been filled

Recent Lab News

March 2016 Congratulations to Danielle Levesque on the successful defense of her MSc. thesis

March 2016 Congratulations to Hannah Hilger on the successful presentation of her undergraduate thesis

March 2016 Welcome to Zhi Li, visiting scholar from Southwest University, Chongqing, China