Red oak species are key components of bottomland hardwood ecosystems. Crucial information about red oak root activity and vulnerability to flooding is needed in order to improve conservation and management of naturally flooding forests and greentree reservoirs. The M.S. student’s thesis will include field and greenhouse studies to better understand the interactive effects of temperature, flood, and stem dormancy on oak roots. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn relevant physiological techniques, and to work with representatives from state and federal conservation agencies to develop scientifically informed management recommendations for conservation and restoration of bottomland hardwood forests.
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.
Preferred start in June 2022, but will consider August 2022.