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Graduate Research Assistant Mississippi 12/21/2021 +
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Categorized Under:

Organization:MSU Forestry Dept

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

 

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded MS research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes in the Department of Forestry and conduct research on biomass production of mixed and mono-clonal plantings of Populus spp. plantations.

 

The student will participate in a DOE funded project aimed at maximizing ecosystem services and productivity of Populus spp. and their hybrids in a biomass for bioenergy plantation system. The student’s focus within the larger project will be quantifying above and below ground biomass production using a combination of destructive sampling and conventional measures (e.g. Height and Diameter). With support from their committee and project PIs, the student will develop allometric equations to estimate total and component biomass from the diameter and height of trees. There may also be opportunities for the student to leverage point cloud data from terrestrial and airborne LiDAR to estimate above ground biomass. The biomass estimates will be used to make comparisons of productivity between monoclonal and mixed-variety plantings.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently and as part of a team in the field, to collect data and samples, process samples in the laboratory as needed, analyze data and communicate results by writing one or more manuscripts suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The student will also have opportunities to present their research at scientific conferences and in reports to project partners. The position starts Fall semester, 2022. This is a 2-year position that includes an annual stipend of $16,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

 

Skills:

Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program

Valid driver's license or ability to get one

BS in Forestry, Natural Resources or closely related field.

Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication

Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays

Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software

Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications

Experience with experimental design and quantitative analysis

Experience with Populus spp. or other biomass plantations

Salary:

This is a 2-year position that includes an annual stipend of
$16,000, tuition waiver and insurance.


Apply By:3/21/2022

Phone:662-325-39762

Email:austin.himes@msstate.edu

Mailing:

Austin Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office:353 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-4249


Posted By: Dr. Austin Himes

Ph.D. Assistantship Mississippi 12/21/2021 +
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Categorized Under:

Organization:MSU Dept. of Forestry

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

Ph.D. Assistantship: Oak Regeneration in Upland Hardwood Forests at Mississippi State University (MSU)

Deadline to Apply: 3/31/2021

Mississippi State University (Drs. Austin Himes and Joshua Granger)

MSU (Starkville, MS)

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Drs. Austin Himes and Joshua Granger in the Department of Forestry and conduct research on oak regeneration in upland hardwood forests of northern Mississippi.

The student will conduct 3-4 controlled and replicated experiments testing specific hypotheses related to concerns about declining oak regeneration and changes in forest composition and structure in these systems. The experiments will also act as demonstrations for teaching and area outreach. The student is expected to take on an ongoing study testing the interactions of fire and an invasive annual grass on oak seeding survival and growth compared to other tree species along a fire tolerance/shade tolerance gradient. The student will initiate a new study focused on the combined effects of leaf litter composition and seed predation on germination of oaks and competitor tree species. The student will also develop 1-2 additional studies based on their interests.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently in the field to establish experiments, collect data and samples, process samples in the laboratory as needed, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts Fall semester, 2022. This is a 3-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
  • Valid driver's license or ability to get one Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be considered)
  • Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
  • Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
  • Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Interested candidates should email Drs. Austin Himes (austin.himes@msstate.edu) and Joshua Granger (joshua.j.granger@msstate.edu) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Experience with experimental design and quantitative analysis
  • Experience or understanding of forest ecology and/or silviculture

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2022 fall enrollment is August 1 (domestic) and May 1 (international).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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Required Education:

Masters degree in forestry, natural resources,
environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be
considered)

Skills:

Required qualifications:

Ability to meet all admission requirements of
the Department of Forestry Graduate Program

Valid driver’s license or ability to get one

Masters degree in forestry, natural resources,
environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be
considered)

Demonstrated excellence in English (written and
oral) communication

Willingness to drive long distances for field
work with multiple consecutive overnight stays

Ability to walk long distances encumbered with
30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Preferred
qualifications:

Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical
software

Experience writing peer-reviewed journal
publications

Experience with experimental design and
quantitative analysis

Experience or understanding of forest ecology
and/or silviculture

Salary:

This is a 3-year position that includes an annual stipend of
$20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.


Apply By:3/21/2022

Phone:662-325-4249

Email:austin.himes@msstate.edu

Mailing:

Mississippi State University


PO Box 9681


Mississippi State, MS 39762


Posted By: Dr. Austin Himes