Ph.D. Assistantship Forest and Wetland Ecology: Louisiana State University

Agency
LSU
Location
Louisiana State University
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$22,000/yr + tuition waiver
Start Date
06/01/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/01/2017
Description
A Ph.D. assistantship in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU is available to work on the effects of drought and altered hydrology on floodplain forest (bottomland hardwood) regeneration. Dams, channel entrenchment, levees, and other geomorphic and hydrologic modifications to rivers in the southeast have influenced groundwater and surface water processes in floodplain forests of the southeast. These modifications, along with drought and stand conditions, have in some cases resulted in acute tree mortality and altered tree species composition. Floodplain forests are integral components of large-scale conservation efforts in the southeastern U.S. and an improved understanding of hydrologic and regeneration processes in these systems is needed to insure effective conservation and management. This study would be conducted on multiple wildlife management areas in east Texas; another Ph.D. student would focus on surface and subsurface hydrologic processes. In addition, the selected student would be part of a research group working on floodplain issues in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley.
Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have an M.S. in wildlife, forestry, ecology, or related field. An understanding of wetlands and forest ecology are highly desired. Ability to work in interdisciplinary research groups is a must as is a strong-work ethic. Field conditions can be hot and humid, thus tolerance for adverse conditions is needed. Please submit CV, copy of transcripts, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter explaining your interest, qualifications, and career goals.
Contact Person
Sammy King
Contact eMail
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