Graduate Positions in Forest Ecology and Ecohydrology – Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$19,000/year for M.S. and $20,000/year for Ph.D. plus health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee), and tuition waiver
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We are looking for motivated graduate students (one M.S. student and one Ph.D. student) to join our labs to study the impact of different land use and vegetation change on ecosystem carbon dynamics and water use within the grassland and forest transition zone - the Cross-timbers of the south-central Great Plains. These are fully funded positions by NSF and Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science. Students will join in a larger, multi-institutional team focusing on terrestrial water and carbon dynamics. Specifically, the goals are to continue and expand the ongoing field-based studies on ecosystem carbon dynamics and water budgeting for the native prairie, prairie undergoing woody encroachment, and oak forest using the paired experimental watershed approach and the eddy covariance technique. In addition, the students will extend the site-specific measurements to regional projection using remote sensing technologies or ecohydrological models. These projections will be used to assess trade-offs between regional carbon sequestration potential and water resource availability across a wide precipitation gradient and evaluate its interaction with seasonal and sub-seasonal climate variabilities. The student will be enrolled at the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) and co-advised by Drs. Chris Zou and Rodney Will. The selected student(s) will have extended opportunities to coordinate and interact with researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Noble Research Institute. We expect the M.S. position to start in the spring of 2021 and the Ph.D. position to begin in the summer or fall of 2021. Please send a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcript, GRE scores if any, and the names and contact of three references to Dr. Chris Zou ( or Dr. Rodney Will ( Submissions will be considered as they are received but are due no later than 30 November 2020.
Qualification: A B.S. (for the M.S. position) or a M.S. (for the Ph.D. position) in biology, ecology, soil science, forestry, range science, environmental science, or a related field. Additionally, experience with field data collection, operating field instruments, particularly the eddy covariance system, and data analysis are desirable.
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Chris Zou
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