The University of Alabama Forest Dynamics Lab is seeking PhD students interested in applied forest ecology. Our primary research interests are forest stand dynamics and forest disturbance ecology, but specific research themes vary considerably. Students have the opportunity to build upon prior and ongoing work in the lab, including our network of permanent plots and existing datasets. Students may also launch new projects in their interest areas. Many of our studies are based on the nearby Talladega National Forest or Bankhead National Forest, and much of our work is funded by the USDA Forest Service. Students are typically funded on assistantships, but fellowships are available for exceptional applicants.
The Forest Dynamics Lab is housed within the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama. The Department has programs offering MS and PhD degrees with multiple concentration areas. The department includes state-of-the-art facilities in geospatial science and has strong ties to the NOAA National Water Center, located on campus, and other state and federal agencies. The Forest Dynamics Lab works in close collaboration with the staff of the nearby national forests and of the NEON Ozarks Complex. Tuscaloosa is a vibrant college town with great food, music, night life, and college athletics. We are accepting students to begin in January and May of 2019.
Interested students should send a CV, GPA, GRE scores if available, and a statement of interest. Admission into the PhD program requires a MS degree. Students with a BS can enter the MS program and then move directly into the PhD program.