A Ph.D. research assistantship is available at NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in Forest Health. The incoming student will pursue doctoral research to explore impacts of invasive species in southern forests. Invasive pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer can cause extirpation of single tree genera from forest ecosystems and urban forests. It is critical to understand the ecological, economic, and societal impacts of losing these trees to validate research and management needs. The objectives of this project are to investigate: 1) disturbance ecology of single tree species loss in southern forests, 2) evaluate economic impacts of single-genus tree loss in forest and urban forest landscapes, and 3) assess social attitudes towards invasive species and government-led invasive species management programs.
Candidates with an M.S. in related fields of forest entomology, forest health, forestry, and forest ecology are encouraged to apply. Candidates with at least one peer-reviewed publication are preferred.
Please contact Dr. Oten through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying by attaching a letter of interest, unofficial transcript(s), and a complete CV.