MS Position in Understory Plant Responses to Ecological Forest Restoration Treatments, Colorado State University
We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a prospective MS student interested in plant and forest ecology to join the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department at Colorado State University. The MS student will be co-advised by Drs. Miranda Redmond (Colorado State University) and Paula Fornwalt (US Forest Service) and will also work collaboratively with personnel at the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (Colorado State University). This is a fully funded two-year project that will assess understory plant responses to collaborative ecological restoration treatments in dry conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range. The student will have the opportunity to gain field, laboratory, and quantitative research skills, and to work with Colorado Front Range science and land management collaborators across multiple institutions.
Ideal applicants will have a strong background in forest ecology, plant ecology, or disturbance ecology, strong quantitative skills (or desire to gain them), and a strong background in plant identification using dichotomous keys. Applicants should also have strong interest in conducting research within a collaborative management context. The research associated with this position requires extensive time in the field, and so applicants should have a strong desire to work (and sometimes camp) in a range of weather conditions. The position would ideally begin in April or May of 2020, but there is an option to start in August of 2020. The selected applicant will be a student in either the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department or the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University and will be fully funded through June 2022 through graduate research and/or teaching assistantships.
If you are interested in applying for this MS position, please send a single PDF to Miranda Redmond (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paula Fornwalt (email@example.com) with the following materials: (1) a cover letter summarizing your relevant background and interests, (2) a CV, (3) unofficial college transcripts, and (4) contact information for three references. Materials must be received by January 6, 2020.