MS scholarship: Forest Ecology, Ecophysiology, Sugar maple

We are searching for a motivated graduate student to work on a recently funded project studying the connections between climate warming, the physiology of sugar maple trees, and the future viability of maple syrup production. This position is part of a broad research program seeking to understand the interactions between forest management, climate change, and tree physiology. The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), which is a doctoral-granting institution in Syracuse, New York that has a particular focus on the environment. This position is for a Masters of Science candidate in Forest Resources Management and includes a full tuition waver and a generous stipend. Students with fieldwork experience in forest ecosystems, proficiency with plant physiological measurements, experience with mathematical modeling, and/or sugarbush management experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent MS students may be able to extend their degree into a PhD. Please contact Dr. John Drake (jedrake at or Dr. Colin Beier (cbeier at for more information, and see the Departmental website ( and the Drake and Beier lab webpages ( ; Applications are rolling and students will be considered for start dates either in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.

SUNY-ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. SUNY-ESF is relatively small with 1,751 undergraduates and 435 graduate students.
SUNY-ESF has a special relationship with Syracuse University, which is just a 5-minute walk away, and ESF students have access to many of the resources and benefits that come from an association with a larger university.
SUNY-ESF ranked 43rd in the 2017 US News and World Report rankings of the top public national universities. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research.