Graduate Research Assistantships: Fire Ecology, University of Idaho

Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho is seeking two highly motivated students to pursue a Ph.D. or M.S. in  Natural Resources with a focus in fire ecology. Two research assistantships are available on a Joint Fire Science funded project. The project focuses on how vegetation recovery and fuel conditions in past fires influence fuels and future fire management in five western U.S. ecosystems. We collaborate with the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the US Forest Service. We will re-measure existing plots and additional plots to fill landscape-level stratifications at 15 fires that burned in five different ecosystems in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, South Dakota, Colorado, and Alaska.

Requirements: Applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, fieldwork experience, and an interest in fire ecology. Strong writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and the desire to work in a team are essential.

All assistantships will have duration of two years for MS and three years for PhD, starting in August 2014 or January 2015. All assistantships include a stipend of $17,500 – $21,000 per annum and a waiver of out-of-state tuition. The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. For more information, contact Eva Strand (evas@uidaho.edu), Beth Newingham (beth@uidaho.edu), or Penny Morgan (pmorgan@uidaho.edu).

To apply: please email Eva Strand (evas@uidaho.edu) a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three referees. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idaho; detailed information about the application procedure is available here.

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