Graduate Research Assistantship_Masters of Science-Missouri

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$22,000 per year
Last Date to Apply
This project will support a Master of Science Graduate Research Assistantship with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the School of Natural Resources ( at University of Missouri, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service. Shortleaf pine forests provide important ecological services and conservation value throughout the central, eastern, and southern US. Currently, there are several large restoration projects and initiatives for increasing the abundance of shortleaf pine and mixed shortleaf pine-hardwood ecosystems. One common challenge for establishing shortleaf pine is abundant competition from hardwood species in the regeneration layer. Although release treatments may be used to increase survival and growth of shortleaf pine regeneration, effects of varying the timing and the method of release treatments are not well understood. Evidence suggests that managers could alter release prescriptions to target specific forest composition goals, including pure shortleaf pine stands or various mixtures of shortleaf pine-hardwood stands. This project will explore the effects of different release methods and timing of release on the competitive dynamics of shortleaf pine and hardwoods in Missouri.
This graduate assistantship will include two years of funding support ($22,000/year stipend, health insurance, tuition). The duties of this position will include completion of required coursework, field sampling on the Mark Twain National Forest within the Missouri Ozarks, data organization, and data analyses related to study objectives. The candidate is expected to complete a thesis and peer-reviewed publication(s). Competitive candidates for this position will have a B.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. The position will begin in May or August 2018. To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp ( 1) personal statement of career goals 2) resume or curriculum vitae 3) transcripts (can be unofficial) 4) GRE scores 5) contact information for three references Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.
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Benjamin Knapp
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