MS and PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest Ecology/Productivity/Modeling: Oklahoma

Agency
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$18,000 for MS and $22,000 for PhD
Start Date
08/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
07/31/2021
Description
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University is seeking qualified individuals to work on the ecology and productivity of hybrid and native sweetgum stands in southeastern Oklahoma, eastern Texas, and northeastern Louisiana. The research is funded by USDA-NIFA’s SunGrant and involves collaboration with Louisiana State University and private landowners. Research topic: The successful candidates will work as a team to 1) measure the productivity, stand structure, and canopy dynamics of novel sweetgum stands planted across southeastern Oklahoma and northern Texas, 2) use drone imagery and terrestrial LiDAR to study the relationship between canopy structure, productivity, and biodiversity, and 3) use machine learning, deep learning, and other cutting-edge modeling methods to determine the feasibility of using hybrid plantations across the region as a biofuel feedstock and its potential for carbon sequestration. We are looking for two students and specific research objectives will be partitioned based on student interest. Stipend: The positions provide graduate research assistantship (GRA) plus benefits ($18,000 for MS and $22,000 for PhD). Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee). Oklahoma State University requires background checks for all newly hired graduate assistants/associates. Background checks shall be required prior to employment (post-offer, pre-employment). TENTATIVE STARTING DATE: June or August 2021. We will begin reviewing applications 10 March 2021. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: BS (MS preferred for PhD position) in plant ecology, forestry, natural resources, or related degree. Candidate must have minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and GRE scores as required by department and the graduate school. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Rodney Will rodney.will@okstate.edu Dr. Bryan Murray bryan.murray@okstate.edu Dr. Lu Zhai 008C lu.zhai@okstate.edu LOCATION AND FACILITIES: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU). OSU is a very high research activity (R1: Doctoral University) land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.
Qualifications
BS (MS preferred for PhD position) in plant ecology, forestry, natural resources, or related degree. Candidate must have minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and GRE scores as required by department and the graduate school.
Contact Person
Dr. Rodney Will: rodney.will@okstate.edu; Dr. Bryan Murray: bryan.murray@okstate.edu; Dr. Lu Zhai: lu.zhai@okstate.edu
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