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 (housed within the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences) 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’s Native Plant Nursery in Carnation, WA. The 2016 Oxbow Fellow will conduct research investigating the influence of temperature, photoperiod, and nutritional regime on Camassia spp. biomass in a nursery setting.
The College of Natural Resources operates the state-of-the-art Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery at the University of Idaho, which grows more than 400,000 seedlings per year. Research conducted at the nursery benefits seedling growers and users by focusing on seedling quality and all facets of nursery stock production. We serve the Intermountain region as a seedling production technology center working closely with federal, state, tribal, and industry interests. A partnership with the Oxbow Organic Farm and Conservation Center provides a unique graduate research opportunity. Oxbow is a non-profit organization consisting of an organic 30-acre mixed vegetable farm, a children’s education program, and native plant research and production facility. The small-scale nursery is focused growing a variety of native plants for restoration and landscaping, performs research exploring organic and sustainable propagation techniques, and works on education and outreach to the community regarding the value of native plants in our landscape. Students will participate in all aspects of nursery production, restoration, and research projects throughout their work at Oxbow.
STIPEND: Fellowships pay a stipend ($32,500/year with funding for 2 years at the M.S. level) and include a waiver of out-of-state tuition for non-Idaho residents. This position begins in January or May 2016, with the potential for an early start should that be mutually desirable. Assistantships require 20 hours weekly involved in nursery production, teaching, research and/or technology transfer. For time spent at Carnation, WA, housing will be provided. Additional academic scholarships are available to students on a competitive basis.
QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Forestry, Horticulture, Botany, Ecology, or related discipline and a demonstrated interest in native plant propagation and/or restoration of degraded ecosystems. Ability to work both independently and as a team member and comfort traveling are important for success.
APPLICATION: Applicants must apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Idaho. On the application, refer to Dr. Anthony S. Davis, Director, Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, and this assistantship. Prior to application prospective students should contact Dr. Davis. Applicants will be evaluated on their resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, scores on the Graduate Record Exam, and an interview. Applications for January or May 2016 are due 31 October 2015.
UI is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.