MS/PhD position to study oak regeneration in oak forests and/or oak dominant ecosystems the eastern United States
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Science (SFWS) at Auburn University has a two/three-year MS/PhD graduate assistantship starting from August of 2021. Oak decline has impacted millions of acres of forest across the eastern United States and continues to be a problem, making it imperative to regenerate species resistant to oak decline. White oak is more resistant to oak decline than most other oak species. However, there are long-term sustainability issues with white oak. Both field work and spatial technology (GIS/RS/GPS) and quantitative tools (statistical models) will be used to integrate remotely sensed data with site specific data to be collected during the project period to quantify/model ecosystem (or component) responses to both natural and anthropogenic disturbances such as tree regeneration, growth, inter- and intra-specific interaction, fire and biological invasion, fire regime-vegetation relationship, and ecosystem resilience.
The SFWS will provide a graduate research assistantship, including a stipend of approximately US $18,000(MS) and 20,000 (PhD) annually and full tuition waiver. Students are also eligible to participate in the Graduate Student Health insurance plan (http://graduate.auburn.edu/graduate-student-health-insurance-program/). Individuals with degrees in forestry, natural resources, geosciences, and related areas with an experience in applying quantitative tools and spatial techniques to forestry and environmental problems are encouraged to apply.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, your curriculum vitae and transcript/course work, and the names and contact information for three references by email to Dr. Joseph Z. Fan (email@example.com) and Dr. Heather Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org).