MS position to study fire ecology of upland oak forests

I am seeking a highly motivated MS graduate student to join the Forest and

Fire Ecology research group in the Department of Forestry within the College

of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). Research in our lab focuses on understanding forest response to changing

disturbance regimes in a variety of forest ecosystems, including

Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, and Siberia. The student will conduct

extensive field research investigating the influence of fire on upland oak

forest regeneration and consequences of forest compositional shifts on

resource availability and forest flammability at a variety of sites,

including Bowen Farm (MS) and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY).

The student will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) but

will act as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in Dendrology

and/or Ecology during two semesters. The student also will be expected to

assist other researchers in the lab with their projects.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or a

related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for

research, strong analytical and communication skills, attention to detail,

and ability to work independently. Prior experience in fieldwork related to

forest and ecosystem ecology is highly desired. Applicants must be in

excellent physical condition and capable of working long hours outdoors

exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation. The student

must have data analysis and scientific writing experience and a strong

desire to pursue these non-field related activities. Must also possess a

current and valid driver’s license.

If interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander

(  (1) a cover letter discussing interest in

the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a

resume/CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts. Incomplete applications will not

be considered. Details on the full application process to the MSU Graduate

School can be found at Financial

support is available for two years, starting in fall 2017, and includes a

stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Review of applications will

begin on February 24, 2017.