Are you interested in: wetland mitigation, restoration ecology, the improvement of wetland assessment metrics, and contributing to science that will influence policy? If so, this Graduate Research Assistantship is for you.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is currently revising performance standards for wetland mitigation (restoration) projects. In support of this endeavor, West Virginia University is implementing an applied research project to evaluate woody vegetation growth, particularly stem area at groundline as a metric for ecological success capturing woody growth and function as a potential success metric for wetland mitigation in West Virginia. This project will use existing protocols and develop new methods that will be applied to targeted wetland restoration sites throughout West Virginia, assess whether the time sequence trends are indicative of a successful restoration trajectory and calibrate as necessary for West Virginia conditions, and determine any constraints on this method that would inhibit or limit its adoption as a performance standard tied to wetland credit release. Opportunities for additional research questions related to wildlife, invertebrates, or hydrology are possible for exceptional candidates.
Student will be supported by a Research Assistantship with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The student will be working toward an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University (http://forestry.wvu.edu/).
B.S. in Wildlife, Wetlands, Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 300. A strong interest in wetland mitigation or restoration ecology is required. Previous experience with wetlands and trees/shrubs is highly desired.
Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research and career goals, etc.), copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF document to Dr. Jim Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.