MS Assistantship Forest Structure Mapping (Madagascar)

The lab of Dr. Anne Axel in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University is seeking a graduate student (MS) for a project using remote sensing technology (including unmanned aerial vehicles) to model forest structure.  The position may involve research on tropical dry forest in Madagascar, deciduous forest in Appalachia, or forest of the student’s choice.  The position may begin in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.

The successful graduate student will be supported on Teaching Assistantships and/or Research Assistantships, plus full tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a BS in biology, ecology, environmental science, geography, or related field. Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, have GIS and/or remote sensing experience, and if interested in working in Madagascar, must be comfortable camping in remote locations without electricity, running water, cell service, and internet.

Marshall University is in Huntington, WV, the second largest city in WV, and located about 1 hour west of Charleston. Huntington is a vibrant community with a lively downtown with a variety of locally-owned restaurants and a burgeoning craft beer industry.  The city of 50,000 hosts festivals throughout the year and boasts several large parks with hiking and biking trails.

Please send application materials, including unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, cover letter addressing your interest in the project, and resume (including names of three references) to Dr. Anne Axel ( by May 10, 2018. Please include MS position in the subject line of the email.

For more information please visit the Axel Lab website
( or Marshall Biological Sciences website (