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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133

Graduate Assistantships

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 (

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 ( 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.