Green tree reservoirs (GTRs), wetland forests with human-controlled hydroperiods, are in widespread use to provide a variety of ecosystem services, including habitat for migratory waterfowl. Oak species are key components of these ecosystems, but are threatened by current management practices. Crucial information is needed in order to develop sustainable management practices for GTRs. The MS student’s thesis research will include a combination of field and controlled environment studies to better understand the interactive effects of temperature, flood, and dormancy on oak root physiology. Studies will answer questions that are not only key to improving GTR management, but also invaluable for restoration of bottomland hardwood forests with natural hydroperiods. 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 GTR 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.
Graduate program and application information can be found at http://www.uamont.edu/academics/forestry/grad-degrees.html (link provided above). Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries. For additional information, please contact Dr. Babst (See contact info below).