Graduate Position: Fire Ecology, Michigan State University

One graduate student position is available on a joint project between Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station to investigate the long-term ecological
impacts of prescribed fire in red pine ecosystems. The student will be responsible for evaluating responses of forest soils to fire treatments in a long-term forest restoration experiment. The student will also be expected to develop independent research questions related to the overall objectives of the project.

Requirements: Strong written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Prior experience participating in or leading field research or monitoring projects is desired. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as an active member of a research group, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, and perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision. Master’s and
PhD-level applicants will be considered.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel at MSU and Dr. Christel Kern at the USDA Forest
Service Northern Research Station. The student will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI
during the academic year, with extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in northern Minnesota.

To Apply: To express interest, please send: (1) a statement of research interests/background and professional goals, (2) a CV, (3) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (4) GRE scores, and (5) TOEFL scores (international students only) to Dr. Jessica Miesel at

Funding is available for outstanding applicants. For full consideration, interested students should apply to the MSU Graduate School before December 15, 2014.  Successful applicants will be housed in the Department of Forestry, with opportunity to participate in MSU’s interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and
Behavior program (ranked among the top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD programs by the National Research Council) and/or the Environmental Science & Policy Program.

For More Information: Questions about the position should be directed to Jessica Miesel (

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