Position: M.S. Assistantship: Changes in snag properties over time according to tree species and stocking
School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello
The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2018. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition.
Project: Mortality events in planted forests occur for various reasons including but not limited to drought, flooding, and pest outbreaks. The longevity of the resulting snags may vary according to tree type and stocking, which may in turn influence their utility for salvage harvesting, wildlife habitat, etc. This project will evaluate the influences of tree species and planting density on changes in wood properties (e.g. density, cellulose and lignin contents) of dead trees over time. The implications of these changes will be evaluated in the context of salvage harvesting for fiber/cellulose purposes, with opportunities to also examine other functions and/or attributes of the snags. Candidates having interest and/or experience related to wood-colonizing fungi are particularly encouraged to apply.
Requirements: 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.
Location and Facilities: The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.
Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found at http://www.uamont.edu/sfnr. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & 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. Bill Headlee, Assistant Professor
UA System Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Forest Resources Center
UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656-3468
The position is available until a qualified applicant is selected.
UAM is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer