Mortality events in planted forests occur for various reasons including but not limited to drought, flooding, and pest outbreaks. The longevity of the resulting snags may vary according to tree species and planting density, which in turn may influence their utility for salvage harvesting, wildlife habitat, etc. This project will evaluate the influences of species and stocking on changes in wood properties (e.g. density, cellulose and lignin contents) of dead trees over time. The implications of these changes will be evaluated in the context of salvage harvesting for fiber/cellulose purposes, with opportunities to also examine other functions or attributes of the snags (e.g. usage by wildlife, insects, and/or fungi).
Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Graduate program and application information can be found at the website listed above. Please note that applicants must both be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Please indicate the position number (2018-002) on all application materials and inquiries.