MS Position in Agroecology Lab, University of Maine

Orono, ME

Job Title: MS Position in Agroecology Lab

Organization: University of Maine

Location: Orono, ME

Overview: The Agroecology Lab at the University of Maine is seeking a M.S. student to join the group starting in Fall 2022. The successful applicant will join our highly interdisciplinary team and conduct research and outreach related to sustainability, agroecology, climate change, food security, and/or conservation.

Potential research topics include agroecological and/or social science investigations. For example:

  • water use and irrigation efficiency in diversified vegetable and small fruit production systems;
  • the effects of precipitation patterns on agricultural water management and crop production;
  • evaluation of water use practices during periods of water scarcity (i.e. drought);
  • exploration of novel approaches to sustainability in agroecological systems;
  • social science or policy investigations of conservation practice adoption and persistence;
  • social network analysis or other community-based studies of climate risk mitigation practices;
  • the study of home food production as a food security approach during periods of social and economic change.

This interdisciplinary group works closely with farmer organizations across the Northeastern United States, and seeks to address production challenges through the lens of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Their work is grounded in the complementary traditions of agroecology and participatory action research.    

Application Deadline: February 28

How to Apply: Candidates should first send a curriculum vitae and 1-page summery of research interests to Dr. Rachel Schattman ( If approved, applicants may apply to the University of Maine Graduate School.

The successful candidate will enroll in the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture M.S. of Plant, Soil, and Environment degree program. This research assistant position is funded, and includes tuition (9 graduate credits per semester, 1 credit for summer), a stipend, and credit for ½ of the cost of University of Maine health insurance. Student fees are not covered by this assistantship. Interested applicants should review the guidelines for graduate study, and contact Dr. Schattman with any questions.