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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
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College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133

Graduate Assistantships

Forest Bioenergy Research Assistantship in the Forest Operations Research Lab

A fully paid, three year doctoral Research Assistantship is available immediately (as soon as Spring, 2015) in the Forest Operations Research Lab at the University of Idaho, working on forest bioenergy. This research is part of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) project, a US $10 million dollar research grant funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture. International students and women are encouraged to apply. At least one degree in Forestry, Forest Operations , or Forest Engineering is preferred. The successful applicant will work closely with another MS student at the University of Idaho, and as part of a team of researchers from the University of Montana, USDA Forest Service, Colorado State University, and University of Wyoming. There are substantial opportunities to develop equipment and logistics studies on the UI Experimental Forest, at the UI Forest Operations Research Lab, and on field sites chosen for this project.

There is flexibility in developing research questions at this stage, but dissertation work must focus generally on forest operations aspects of harvesting beetle-killed timber resources to produce bioenergy in the Northern Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. This is an exciting place to study forest operations, with a mix of ground and cable systems in use and almost 2 billion board feet of timber harvested annually non-industrial private, industry, state, and federal timberlands. Additionally, the student will serve as Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate-level forest operations course for one semester during his or her degree.

Dr. Robert Keefe will serve as Graduate Advisor. Dr. Keefe is the Forestry Program Lead and manages the 10,000 acre University of Idaho Experimental Forest. During your graduate experience, you will have the opportunity to assist with harvest planning, helping to implement stand-level experiments with various faculty, prescribed burning, and other forest management activities.

Assistantship: A full out-of-state tuition waiver and graduate stipend is available.

To apply: Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Robert Keefe, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, by email (robk@uidaho.edu) with questions as soon as possible. Please attach a copy of your CV. The names of three references and GRE scores are also required for application to the Graduate School at the University of Idaho.

Graduate assistantships in forest ecology and ecosystem modeling

Dr. Tara Hudiburg is seeking students to join her newly formed Ecosystem Modeling lab at the University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. The students will assist in ecosystem modeling and field-based research focused on how disturbance and climate affect carbon, water, and nutrient balance in western forests. Previous ecosystem modeling experience is not required, however applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, be proficient in or interested in becoming proficient in at least one programming language. Previous background in forest ecological processes is a plus. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential.

Graduate research assistant and teaching assistant funding are available (stipend ~$17,000 -$21,000 per annum and paid tuition). The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

For more information or to apply, contact Tara Hudiburg (thudiburg@uidaho.edu). Please email Tara Hudiburg a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until suitable candidates is found. After the 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 for national and foreign students is available online.

PhD and MS students
Research and Teaching Assistantships

Assist in research focusing on how vegetation recovery and fuel conditions in past fires influence fuels and future fire management in five western U.S. ecosystems. Drs. Penny Morgan, Eva Strand, and Beth Newingham are seeking highly motivated student to pursue a Ph.D. or M.S. in Natural Resources at the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. We collaborate with the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the US Forest Service. We are funded by the Joint Fire Science Program.

We will re-measure existing plots and additional plots to fill landscape-level stratifications at 15 fires that burned in five different ecosystems in three broad geographic regions in the western U.S.: Rocky Mountains, California, and Alaska. Applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, a desire to collect field data, and an interest in fire ecology. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential.

Additional PhD or MS Teaching Assistantships are available in fire science and natural resources. Teaching assistantships combines teaching assistant responsibilities with graduate research. Applicants should have an interest in teaching and in fire science or ecology research, quantitative skills, excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Teaching assistants help with instruction of both online and face-to-face courses.

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 position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the 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 for national and foreign students is available online.

Tree Physiology and Ecology Assistantship

Dr. Dan Johnson is seeking a student, preferably at the M.S. level, to join his newly-formed Tree Physiology and Ecology lab at the University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences. This is an NSF-funded position working on biology of young tree seedlings. The overall goals of this project are to understand the mechanisms responsible for prevention of hydraulic failure in tree seedlings, thereby ensuring adequate carbon gain for their survival and establishment. It appears that in many species, features for controlling water loss and preventing hydraulic failure (cuticle, stomatal regulation, lignified xylem) are not well developed in the newly germinated seedling.  For more information email Dan Johnson (dan.johnson@duke.edu).

Oxbow Graduate Fellowship, University of Idaho Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research

The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research at the University of Idaho is seeking an outstanding candidate for graduate research, preferably at the M.S. level, with interest in native plant regeneration, nursery management, seedling production, or restoration of degraded lands. This unique fellowship provides an opportunity for applied research, teaching and technology transfer, and experience in native plant nursery production. Approximately half of the fellowship will be conducted based out of Moscow, ID at the University of Idaho main campus, and the other half at the Oxbow Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment (Carnation, WA).

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PhD student research assistantship:
Prototyping global industrial forest mapping

Dr. Luigi Boschetti and Dr. Alistair Smith are seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. The successful candidate will be involved in NASA-funded research on global industrial forest monitoring from Landsat imagery. The project is funded by the NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Program and will require interaction with the US Forest Service and with international collaborators in Brazil, Malaysia and Colombia. Applicants should have a master's degree, a background in remote sensing, with programming and quantitative analysis skills, and an interest in carbon monitoring applications. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential.

The research assistantship will have duration of three years, starting in August 2014. The assistantship includes a stipend of $20,000 per annum, plus coverage of tuition, fees and medical insurance. US citizenship is not required; the university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

The University of Idaho is located in a small and friendly university town, with low cost of living, a stimulating cultural life and exceptional opportunities for outdoors activities. UI was ranked in 2014 among the top 25 colleges for adventure-seekers by ‘Outside’ magazine.

To apply, please email Luigi Boschetti 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 position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the 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 for national and foreign students is available online.

M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship: Fire History and Dendroecology of Alaskan Boreal Forests

Overview: A 2-4 year research assistantship is available to join a team of scientists focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on boreal forest ecosystems, including tree growth and fire regimes. The assistantship is part of the NSF-funded PalEON project, a PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models (www.paleonproject.org). Recent climate warming has resulted in profound environmental changes in boreal ecosystems, including forest expansion and shifting fire regimes. Knowledge of forest responses to climate change is essential for projecting ecosystem dynamics, yet this knowledge is limited by short observational records. The current project utilizes paleoecology, dendrochronology, and varying modeling approaches to (1) quantify the pattern and causes of boreal fire regime variability over the past 2000 years, (2) quantify the impacts of climate variability on tree growth over the past several centuries, and (3) assimilate these data into ecosystem models to project ecosystem response to future climate change. View full announcement | For more information, email Philip Higuera.