MS Assistantship – Long-term Study in Lake States Aspen Forests

*M.S. Assistantship in Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture *The

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State

University is seeking a M.S.-level graduate student to join a research

project investigating the long-term impacts of harvest disturbance on

aspen-dominated forests across the Upper Lake States region. The student

will benefit from the opportunity to work on an established, experimental

study while also having the freedom to develop and pursue questions about

natural and anthropogenic disturbance, resilience, and competition tailored

to the student=E2=80=99s specific interests. Work will involve collaboratio=

n with a

team that includes scientists from Iowa State University and the U.S.

Forest Service Northern Research Station.

The position begins in summer 2018 and includes two guaranteed years of

funding (competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance).  It is based

in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University and will involve field work in

remote areas of northern Minnesota and Michigan, USA.

*Qualifications:* B.S. in ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural

resources, conservation biology, environmental science or a closely related

field. Previous field and/or extensive outdoor work experience is required.

Skills in plant identification are strongly preferred. Experience or

interest in dendrochronology is also preferred.  Submitted materials should

demonstrate effective communication through writing, an ability to work

both independently and collaboratively, a passion for natural resources,

and a strong work ethic.

*Application process:* Interested applicants should submit a CV, GRE

scores, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts,

and a cover letter summarizing relevant experience, research interests, and

professional and academic goals to Dr. Miranda Curzon (


If nominated for the position, three letters of reference, official GRE

scores, and official transcripts will be required for application to ISU.

The process for admission to graduate studies in the Department of Natural

Resource Ecology and Management is described at The position is open until filled,

but applicants should submit materials prior to November 1, 2017 for full


Please contact Miranda Curzon ( for further information=