Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson
The central goal of research in the Wilson Lab is to improve management of pasture and rangeland for a variety of ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on strategies that can simultaneously enhance rural livelihood while contributing to climate change mitigation and ecosystem resilience.

Teaching

Currently, I am teaching Global Agroecosystems, Alternative Cropping Systems and our department’s new Project Teams in Agrobiology. My goal as an instructor is for students to develop a holistic and rigorous understanding of agroecology as an interdisciplinary science, one that is ideally suited to address the global and local crises facing our food systems. My approach is to challenge students to engage with material both personally and intellectually using a variety of learning modalities, lively discussion, and project-focused curricula.

Research

The central goal of research in the Wilson Lab is to improve management of pasture and rangeland for a variety of ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on strategies that can simultaneously enhance rural livelihood while contributing to climate change mitigation and ecosystem resilience. To this end, we perform targeted field experiments- often with stable isotopes- to test hypotheses linking large herbivores, plant communities and soil organic matter. We also combine field data with satellite remote sensing to foster scalable scientific insight and inform land management. Finally, we work to reconcile disparate sources of information, and sometimes competing scientific models, using hierarchical statistical methods.

Contact

Office:
2089 McCarty Hall B, Gainesville, FL 32611

Mail:
PO Box 110500, Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone:
(352) 273-2217

Email:
chwilson@ufl.edu

Opportunities

The Wilson Agroecology Lab, at the University of Florida (UF), seeks motivated Ph.D. applicants to work on interdisciplinary projects at the interface of stress ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology and agricultural management. In collaboration with the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA), as well as faculty inside and outside of UF, we are tackling basic and applied research questions aimed at agroecosystem mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Ongoing lab projects include the use of stable isotope biogeochemistry to test mechanisms regulating soil organic matter in agroecosystems, the quantification of plant traits conferring stress resilience and productivity in both row crops and pasture and development of hierarchical statistical approaches to improve our ability to forecast agroecosystem responses to changes in climate and/or management. Additional research combines field data with satellite remote sensing to inform land management in pastures and in reforesting landscapes.

Minimal qualifications:

  • M.S. or equivalent in related field
  • Field experience in ecosystem ecology, agronomy and/or ecophysiology
  • Basic competency in data management and analysis (e.g. use of Excel, R, etc)
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and writing skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Interdisciplinary project management
  • Exposure to grant writing and publication process
  • Familiarity with stable isotope biogeochemistry (for students with strong field research interests)
  • Familiarty with Bayesian statistics and contemporary MCMC software (e.g. BUGS/JAGS or Stan, for students with theoretical and/or quantitative interests)

The Wilson Lab is committed to supporting overall professional and personal growth within the context of our excellent graduate programs and in the maintenance of favorable work/life balance here in beautiful North Central Florida. We are seeking applicants with a strong and demonstrated dedication to research, independent initiative and positive, proactive attitude. Competitive assistantship and/or fellowship funding is available.

Please send a CV and statement of interest by January 1st, 2019 to:

Dr.Chris H. Wilson
Assistant Professor - Global Change Agroecologist
Agronomy Department, University of Florida
chwilson@ufl.edu