The lab of Dr. Brian Harvey in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington is seeking qualified, motivated, and enthusiastic applicants for graduate research (PhD, MS) in disturbance ecology and landscape ecology of forest ecosystems. Our research focuses on conifer forests in western North America (Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest), and centers on advancing ecological theory and connecting scientific understanding to effective forest management. Projects are primarily field based, and we link field data with remote sensing, GIS, and spatial analyses to gain insights across scales. We are particularly interested in how forest disturbances (e.g., wildfires, insect outbreaks) and climate change affect forest resilience and the maintenance/provisioning of forest ecosystem services. Exact research topics for students are flexible within these broader themes.
To Apply: Students interested in applying to start in Fall 2017 (possibly beginning fieldwork in Summer 2017) are encouraged to contact Brian Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send a brief introductory email (with a pdf of your CV/resume) to start the discussion of potential research directions and other considerations. We should speak by phone before formally applying to the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (Dec. 1, 2016 application deadline). Accepted students can expect to be funded (stipend, tuition, and benefits) on a combination of research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), and competitive fellowships/grants to be written in collaboration with Dr. Harvey.
The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington offers access to a wide range of field sites in the Pacific Northwest and provides an excellent foundation to launch a successful career in forest ecology. Students also have opportunities to collaborate with a broad network of researchers in other departments across campus, the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.