PhD position in the boreal forests of Alaska

*Fire and climate change in the Boreal Forests of Alaska*

The Global Environmental Change Laboratory at Portland State University ( seeks a PhD student to work on

a NSF-funded project examining how increased fire frequency in Alaskan

boreal forests affects vegetation dynamics and carbon cycling. The

researcher will join a multidisciplinary team (remote sensing, modeling of

ecosystem processes and field vegetation and soil/permafrost dynamics),

with collaborators at multiple institutions, including University of

Alaska, U. Florida, U. Idaho and NC State. The PhD student will lead the

effort to understand how climate change will affect post-fire recovery of

species composition, carbon cycling, and depth to permafrost using

LANDIS-II, a widely-used forest simulation model (  The

student will be mentored by Dr. Melissa Lucash ( but he/she will also work

closely with students, staff and faculty at the collaborating universities,

including Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky, Dr. Jason Vogel, Dr. Brian Buma, Dr. Tim

Link and Dr. Robert Scheller.

Applicants should have a BS or MS  in forestry, biology, environmental

science or geography.  Ideal applicants will have field experience and be

comfortable in remote locations with a large field crew (7-9 people) for up

to two weeks at a time.  This paid position will begin with fieldwork in

the summer of 2018, before progressing to graduate classes at PSU.  This

position is fully funded for at least three years with tuition remission.

Portland, Oregon is a wonderful, inclusive community with close proximity

to many beautiful outdoor opportunities.  Our lab group is large, diverse,

productive and supportive of one another (

Please contact Dr. Melissa S. Lucash ( for more

information.  Please include your resume/CV, along with =E2=80=9CPhD openin=

g at

PSU=E2=80=9D in your subject line.  Our project website is here:


*Dr. Melissa S. Lucash*

*Research Assistant Professor*

*Department of Geography*

*Portland State University*

*Portland, OR*

*lucash[a] <>*

*503-725-3894 (office)*