MS Position Available to Study Fire Ecology of Oak and Pine Forests
A MS position is available with Dr. Heather Alexander and the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. The student will conduct extensive field research investigating the influence of fire on upland oak and pine forest regeneration and consequences of forest compositional shifts on resource availability and forest flammability at a variety of sites across the southeast.
The student will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) but will assist with teaching undergraduate courses in Forest Fire Management (Spring 2021/2022) and Forest Ecology (Spring 2022).
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, wildlife sciences, or a related field.
1) have experience in prescribed fire implementation and be comfortable using a drip torch
2) be in excellent physical condition and capable of working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation
3) have a strong desire to pursue non-field related activities including data analysis and scientific writing. Ability to drive ATVs, side x sides, tractors and operate chainsaws and other equipment strongly desired. Must also possess a current and valid driver’s license and be able to drive a state vehicle.
If interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org) (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a resume/CV; (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Details on the full application process to the Auburn Graduate School can be found at http://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/application-instructions/.
Financial support is available for two years, starting in spring 2020, and includes a stipend ($18,000/year) and tuition waiver. Review of applications will begin immediately. Virtual interviews will begin October 5.