FRAMES strives to provide a convenient, systematic exchange of information and technology within the wildland fire research and management community.
The partnership was created to develop and deliver knowledge and decision support tools to policymakers, wildland fire managers, and communities.
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Announcing New Forestry Journal Published by Springer that Specializes in Review Articles
Current Forestry Reports is a new journal published by Springer that provides in-depth review articles contributed by international experts on significant developments in the field of forestry. By providing clear, insightful, and balanced contributions, the journal intends to highlight and summarize key topics that are of major importance to researchers and managers of forestry resources.
To accomplish this goal, international authorities have been appointed to serve as section editors in a dozen key subject areas across the broad field forestry, including fire science and management. The section editors, in turn, select topics for which leading experts in their respective specialty contribute comprehensive review articles that emphasize new developments and recently published papers of major importance. An international editorial board reviews the annual table of contents, suggests articles of special interest to their country/region, and ensures that topics are current and include emerging research.
Current Forestry Reports is published on a quarterly basis. Volume 1, Issue 2 features five fire science and management related contributions:
For more information, go to: http://link.springer.com/journal/40725
This is a pre-announcement only. When the position is advertised, the announcement will be posted on the Office of Personnel Management web site: www.usajobs.gov. The announcement will contain all of the information you need to apply for the position.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates filling at least three Forestry Technician crew member positions in La Grande, Oregon; Mt Shasta, CA; and Mammoth Lakes, CA.
These are permanent seasonal positions, consisting of 18 pay periods of full time work and 8 pay periods of non-pay status per year. Appointees may be offered the opportunity to work longer depending on workload and funding. These positions are career ladder with the full performance level at a GS-06.
The positions are with the Data Collection Team of the PNW Research Station’s Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit. The FIA unit is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources. Administration for this Data Collection team is located in Portland, Oregon and field crews are remotely stationed throughout Washington, Oregon and California.
These positions will support work sampling field plots located on a systematic grid across all landownerships and will be almost entirely field based. A wide variety of information is collected in the inventory including: tree measurements; forest pathogens, understory vegetation composition and structure, stand treatments and disturbances, down woody material measurements, and land ownership.
The areas sampled for FIA by the PNW Research Station cover a diversity of ecological communities which include: the temperate rain forests of coastal Oregon and Washington, the redwood coastal forests of California; high mountain conifer forests of the Cascades and Sierras; drier ponderosa pine, oak woodland and juniper forests of Oregon, Washington and California. Each crew covers a large area, and no matter where you work, you will see a wide variety of country.
Crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader and work alongside one to three people. Crews will use maps, aerial photos, and GPS units to navigate to permanent plot locations. Measurements taken by crews include: tree data (species, diameter, height, defect, insect & disease, damage, etc.); understory vegetation (shrub, herb, grass species and percent cover, etc.); down woody material (line transects, litter depth, and fuels measurement, etc.); and site index and site attributes. Crews use portable, handheld computers to collect data in the field and then process the data later using laptop computers to address any inconsistencies or errors.
The field-season typically runs from early April through early November. Each crew travels frequently and independently within their duty station area. Crews can expect to travel away from home for a significant portion of the field season. Travel will sometimes involve week-long trips while other times crews may need to spend a month away from home. Lodging is generally in motel/hotels and car camping, with occasional backpacking required.
In all areas, work conditions are often arduous. Work may be performed in inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, snow) and on rugged, steep, slippery, and/or brushy slopes. Significant amounts of on-trail and off-trail hiking are required. Crewmembers must carry a 45lb pack daily, with pack weights sometimes exceeding 60lbs. Exposure to hazards such as poison oak, bears, and insects is common. Additionally, travel by helicopter, stock animal, or boat is occasionally required.
If you are interested in a crew member position at any of our locations with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, please return the response form to express your interest by May 31, 2015 and you will be notified when the positions are advertised. You can send your response electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please use the subject line “PNW-FIA-Forestry Tech”).
Please visit our team’s website for more information, including an information page on how to join our team! http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/rma/fia-topics/data-collection/
For more information about the duties and work conditions of this position, please contact:
Marin Palmer, California State Coordinator or Jane Terzibashian, Oregon State Coordinator at email@example.com
This year's patch burn grazing meeting will be held August 26-27, 2015, in Pratt, KS. This is an open call for abstracts for presentations to take place on August 26. Send proposed presentation title and abstract (less than 450 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10, 2015.
More details about the meeting will be announced soon.
Seeking an M.S. or Ph.D. student for a long-term research project investigating the influence of prescribed fire on the quality of residual over-story trees. This work, funded by the U.S. Forest Service – Northern Research Stations, will take advantage of >15 prescribed burns being conducted over the next two years on studies at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (http://www.heeforeststudy.org) sites and study sites at NSWC – Crane, both in southern Indiana.
Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible to select a variety of trees of differing species and tree grades within each burn area, install fire monitoring equipment on a subset of individuals, and document fire damage to these individuals. This long-term project will then relate fire temperatures, fuel levels, and other environmental variables to declines in tree grade over repeated fires and time. The incumbent will also install a retrospective study of fire damage over 20+ sites at the nearby Hoosier National Forest.
All candidates must be U.S. citizens due to security restrictions at NSWC – Crane. Work will be on remote field sites and in harsh environments typical of southern Indiana. To meet FNR departmental requirements, candidates must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in forestry, wildlife or a closely related field, a minimum GPA of 3.2 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections and above 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Departmental assistantships are awarded at $18,329 (M.S.) and $21,020 (Ph.D.) per year, and include a subsidized insurance plan.
This position is for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 admission. Interested individuals MUST CONTACT Dr. Mike Saunders (email@example.com) prior to formally submitting materials.
The Forest Ranger I is responsible for fire prevention and suppression activities, fire suppression equipment maintenance, and assisting with forest management activities within an assigned area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Job Duties Include:
Locates fire sites following legal land description or directions. Performs wild fire suppression activities, including construction of fire lines, and inspects and secures fire lines by removing limbs, snags, and brush, as needed. Operates dozers and plows to construct fire lines. Collects information to determine timber/soil type, seedling planting rate, seedling survival rate, property boundaries, and insect and disease infestation. Performs preventative maintenance and repair of agency vehicles, fire suppression equipment, tools, and facilities. Presents fire prevention programs to elementary schools, civic groups, and rural volunteer fire departments utilizing audio-visual aids and costumes. Collects geographic information system data for forest management programs utilizing global position system (GPS) and hand held data equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.
For more information visit the announcement page here.
The Easement Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for managing the conservation easement compliance monitoring program for 200+ properties totaling over 80,000 acres in Virginia.
The Easement Stewardship Coordinator provides technical leadership and support to the Virginia Chapter by managing the statewide conservation easement compliance program. S/he ensures that baseline and annual monitoring reports are completed and reported in a timely manner for all properties where the Conservancy holds a conservation easement or deed restriction in accordance with established TNC standard operating procedures. In addition, the Easement Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for conducting baseline and annual monitoring and submitting reports for the majority of properties in Virginia. S/he provides leadership, training, and technical assistance regarding easement baseline documentation and annual monitoring to landscape programs where necessary. Moreover, s/he routinely works with landscape staff, landowners and TNC attorneys to resolve issues regarding easement compliance issues and violations. In addition, this person works closely with land management staff to conduct field work, serve on the prescribed fire team, and support other ecological management needs on Conservancy nature preserves throughout the state.
HOW TO APPLY
For additional information regarding and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2015.
The Stewardship Assistant assists in the management of fee lands and supports management and restoration efforts on partner lands.
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Stewardship Assistant assists the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager with preserve management by controlling non-native invasive plants and managing volunteer base to support such efforts, preparation for and implementation of prescribed burning, forest mensuration, monitoring rare plants, conducting wildlife surveys, and writing management plans. S/he also supports efforts to steer the Bog Learning Network including newsletter writing, meeting coordination, and supporting partners’ bog management programs. S/he also assists with Grandfather CFLR projects and restoration efforts and supports prescribed fire efforts on partner lands
HOW TO APPLY
For additional information regarding and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 4, 2015.
The primary duty of this position is to assist the Forest Ecologist and other TNC personnel with ecological monitoring on TNC and partner lands. Secondary duties will include assisting with forest restoration, trail and structure maintenance, preparation for prescribed fire activities, and wildfire monitoring and suppression work on TNC and partner lands.
Ecological Monitoring Technician will contribute to the establishment and measurement of monitoring plots across TNC and partner properties in west-central Georgia. The Ecological Monitoring Technician will participate in plot establishment, including plot layout and installation of plot infrastructure; plot measurement, including the collection of vegetation and forest fuels data; and management of data. S/he will also assist with maintenance and security of TNC conservation land, including gate/fence construction, maintenance of houses and cabins, posting property boundaries, wildfire monitoring and suppression if needed. Finally, s/he may assist with conducting prescribed fire activities, including clearing and maintenance of containment lines, implementation of prescribed burns, and post-fire mop-up and monitoring.
Position will begin in early to mid-June 2015.
HOW TO APPLY
For additional information regarding and to apply for this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2015.
DUTIES: Incumbent will manage a fire effects program consisting of a crew of 4 fire effects monitors. Provide direction and supervision for a fire biologist and fire archeologist. Manage a portion of the fire budget that includes funding for the fire effects crew, fire biologist, fire archeologist, and other fuels funded personnel. Review all fire related project plans as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Provide consistent and positive communication with the division of natural resources. Find, coordinate, and present opportunities for fire related research. Participate with the implementation and planning of wildland fire use fires, prescribed fires, and suppression fires.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Much of the work is performed in an office setting. Field work requires the ability to travel into the backcountry on foot involving exposure to a variety of climatic conditions and elevations ranging from 2000ft to 9000ft. The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting, and carrying heavy objects.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, firelines, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters will likely occur.
For more information and to apply visit the USAjobs announcement.
The Alaska Fire Science Consortium is funded by the Joint Fire Science Program and is based at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. AFSC's primary purpose is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development. AFSC goals are to:
Duties of this part-time position will be to assist the Alaska Fire Science Consortium with the discovery and dissemination of wildland fire science to the regional fire science community. The candidate needs computer skills and should be internet savvy as many of our technology transfer tools are digital. During field season duties may extend to field demonstrations and interactions with agency fire ecologists or scientists, and recording photos or video clips. Written and oral communication skills will be ranked highly. Examples of ongoing efforts the candidate will be helping with include:
Computer and workspace on campus are provided and as this position is part-time, approximately 20 hrs/week, there is opportunity to flex around class or family schedules. Benefits not provided.
For more information and to apply contact:
Alison York : firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-474-6964 or
Sarah Trainor: email@example.com, 907-474-7878
Closing Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Bell City, LA
Visit the USAjobs announcement for more information and to apply
Applications are invited for a funded PhD graduate assistantship in invasion and fire ecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Research will focus on quantifying and modeling changes in fuels, fire behavior, and tree regeneration in oak-hickory stands invaded by non-native grasses.
The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree by the starting date and prior research experience and/or demonstrated competency in forest ecology. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and an interest in field work and modeling. Experience with database management systems, R, and GIS are desirable, but not necessary. Strong writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and the desire to work in a team are essential. The assistantship includes a stipend of $21,000 per annum, fringe benefits and tuition waiver. The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
To apply, please email the following to Jennifer Fraterrigo (firstname.lastname@example.org): (1) a cover letter describing your research interests, professional goals and relevant experience, (2) a complete CV, (3) unofficial college transcripts and GRE percentiles, and (4) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After selection, the successful candidate will be invited to apply for admission to the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; detailed information about the application procedure is available online at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions. Please contact Dr. Fraterrigo by e-mail or phone with any questions. Additional information about the lab can be found here.
Project: The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation is seeking a student to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on coupled human-nature systems in the Southern Great Plains of the United States (Texas/Oklahoma). The student will employ a geospatial approach to identify feedbacks between social change and ecological change. Specifically, the student will integrate demographic change, structural change (e.g., land fragmentation), with behavior (e.g., use of prescribed fire) to understand drivers of grassland-to-woodland conversion. The Ph.D. student will work as part of a highly integrated team of ecologists and social scientists.
Background: Rangelands make up over half of the land cover in the Southern Great Plains of the United States, and provide a number of ecological and economic services to rural communities including livestock production, water, and refugia for biodiversity. After centuries existing as grasslands these rangelands began transforming into woodlands in the early 20th century, primarily due to unregulated livestock grazing and active fire suppression. This transformation, known as woody plant encroachment, is 5 to 7 times greater in the Southern Great Plains compared to other regions of the country, and is currently advancing at an accelerated rate.
Qualifications: This project requires integration of social science theory with GIS and remote sensing. Candidates with an M.S. in a social science or conservation-related field, with strong quantitative skills, and who have experience working with geographic information systems are preferred. Candidates with an M.S. in a geospatial or ecological field are also welcome but must demonstrate a specific and committed interest in conducting social science research for their Ph.D.
Funding: The student will apply to and must be accepted by the Ph.D. degree program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis at Virginia Tech and will train in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Pending verification of funding, a full graduate research assistantship (with stipend) and tuition waiver will be provided for four years. The expected start date is August 2015.
If interested, please send a letter of interest and your CV to: Dr. Michael G. Sorice: 310A Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061, (540) 231-8303 (email@example.com)
The Southern Black Hills Conservation Manager is responsible for managing lands owned by the Conservancy and advancing conservation in the southern Black Hills and surrounding areas, and also manages the easement monitoring program.
For more information The Nature Conservany's work in South Dakota, click HERE.
HOW TO APPLY
For additional information regarding and to apply to position number 43042, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2015.
Specific duties will, in varying proportion, include: preserve inspections and follow-up actions, monitoring and maintaining hiking trails (i.e. brushing & drainage structure maintenance), property boundary line maintenance, invasive species monitoring and manual control activities, installation & maintenance of preserve signage, stocking and maintaining kiosks, monitoring conservation easements, supporting prescribed fire at the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve and other locations as assigned, assist in leading volunteers, ecological monitoring, equipment maintenance and organization and engaging with the public on our preserves and at our office in a professional, welcoming, and informative manner.
The Seasonal Land Steward will be responsible for documenting work accomplished and tracking other information using the Conservancy’s database entry system.
The Seasonal Land Steward will be supervised by the Northern New Hampshire Land Steward. The Seasonal Land Steward will also work collaboratively with the Director of Stewardship and Ecological Management as well as other Conservancy stewardship staff and conservation partners.
HOW TO APPLY
For addtional information about and to apply to position number 42889, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2015.
Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live on Saturday, May 2. Challenge friends, family members, a faith-based group or youth organization to create a project. and accomplish something great together!
Efforts will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities, while increasing safety for wildland firefighters; or your project could lessen current post-fire impacts.
Find out more information by visiting the website here.
You are invited to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Consortium and Knowledge Exchange Network. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. The primary interest in this study is in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Knowledge Exchange in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Knowledge Exchanges around the country. Your responses will be used to help the Knowledge Exchanges address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the Knowledge Exchanges progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential.
To access the survey please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSP_2015
To ensure privacy, please do not reply to this email directly. If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Lorie Sicafuse at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (775) 784-6637. Please respond to this survey by April 6, 2015.
You are invited you to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Knowledge Exchange Program. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Consortium in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Consortia around the country. Your responses will be used to help the JFSP Consortia address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery.
The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the JFSP consortia progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential. Please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser:
Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Conference. A variety of presentation tracks will be designed to accommodate submissions and interest areas focusing on wildfire effects, social science, wildland /urban interface, risk analysis, cost, and other relevant topics. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise regarding wildfire, creating "Fire Adapted Communities" and efforts to address wildfire risk.
When: Proposals due May 1, 2015 by 11:59 pm
How to Apply: Proposal submissions
Conference Website: Conference information
University of Alberta Adjunct Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Management has Two Books Being Released in early 2015
Dr. Marty Alexander, an adjunct professor in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta since 1997, has two wildland fire related books appearing in the first quarter of 2015. A year ago, his first co-authored book – Fire on Earth: An Introduction – was released by Wiley-Blackwell.
The first book to appear in 2015, A Guide to Rate of Fire Spread Models for Australian Vegetation, was jointly published by the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship of Australia and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). Dr. Alexander is one of six authors, the other five all hailing from Australia. The objective of this book was to provide a technical description of the models presently used operationally in Australia to predict bushfire rate of spread. According to AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis, “Different fire spread models work in different burning conditions. The challenge is knowing which to apply in formulating accurate and timely predictions. This publication will assist fire managers and incident managers in making decisions for the best outcomes in different bushfire conditions. These are decisions that can save lives.”
The second book that will appear in early 2015, Current International Perspectives of Wildland Fire, Mankind and the Environment, constitutes a co-edited affair with Dr. Brigitte Leblon, a professor with the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. The book, published by Nova Science Publishers consists of a collection of nine chapters covering topics that support the management of wildfires and prescribed fires written by authors based in the northern and southern hemispheres.
The following Training Exchanges have been announced for 2015. Visit this page for new listings, to get more information, and to register for trainings listed below.
Feb 15-23 — Klamath River Communities TREX: Weitchpec, CA
Feb 15-28 — North Carolina TREX (application period closed)
Mar 14-29 — Niobrara Valley Preserve TREX: Johnstown, NE
Mar 20-22 — Firing Operations on Wildland Fires TREX: Johnstown, NE
Mar 16-27 — Loup River TREX: Loup River Valley, NE
Apr 27-May 6 — East River TREX (1st session): eastern South Dakota
May 11-20 — East River TREX (2nd session): eastern South Dakota
Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN
Plan Ahead! Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015
Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:
For more information on the conference, click HERE.
Graduate opportunities – Interactions between fire and permafrost on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry.
The Taiga Plains Research Network is looking for a number of motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on complementary projects on the interaction between wildfire and permafrost on peatland hydrology, soil thermal regimes and biogeochemistry. Permafrost thaw is currently affecting large areas of peatlands in boreal western Canada, a region which also experienced an exceptional fire season in 2014 – which is in agreement with projections of future fire regimes. In order to improve our understanding of the influence of peatlands on water resources, water quality and climate change feedback mechanisms through greenhouse gases, it is thus important to consider interactions between fire and permafrost thaw. The following positions are currently available at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt at the department of Renewable Resources:
1. Effects of fire on permafrost stability in peatlands – a chronosequence approach
Project description: Both hydrology and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands is strongly affected by permafrost conditions. It is known from peat archives that peatland fires, common in western Canada, has the potential to trigger permafrost thaw – but it is not known which mechanisms that are responsible, what time frames that are involved or what the resulting rates of thaw are (both vertical and lateral). These questions may be addressed though a chronosequence approach, where permafrost condition s and soil thermal regimes in several nearby peatland sites are studied – but where sites differ in their time since fire (1 - >50 years). There is potential to combine field work with GIS approaches. Field work will be carried out in the vicinity of Fort Simpson, in the Northwest Territories.
Qualifications: BSc or MSc in physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license. GIS experience an advantage.
2. Carbon cycling in permafrost peatlands after fire
Project description: I am seeking a motivated student with interests in soil science and greenhouse gas exchange between land and atmosphere. Work will focus on soil respiration, with work done both in field and lab experiments, and potentially linked to isotope work. The central question is whether wildfire triggers the mineralization and release of carbon previously stored inert in frozen peat layers. Field work would be located in recently burned peatlands in southern Northwest Territories.
Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations.
3. Export and fate of terrestrial DOC in peatland catchments
Project description: Export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from peatlands is an important component of terrestrial ecosystem carbon balances. Exported DOC is also a main source of energy in downstream aquatic ecosystems, where it may be mineralized and released to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. Both fire and permafrost thaw may affect both the quantity and quality of DOC exported from peatlands (including export of black carbon associated with soil combustion during fire), with cascading effects on downstream aquatic carbon cycling. Research will be conducted in the southern Northwest Territories, in streams and lakes of a peatland region with discontinuous permafrost and several recent fires.
Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, chemistry, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license.
How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to email@example.com. Include resume describing your skills end education, transcripts and names of three referees.
Funding is available through a combination of stipends and TAships, and there is funding for research and conference travel. Starting dates are flexible, either January, May or September 2015.
Recruitment for two graduate students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) to work in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech beginning either spring 2015 or summer 2015. The students will have some flexibility in specific topics, but the general research areas will fall in to one of these three general areas of fire and forest ecology:
1) Mechanisms of altered flammability in eastern US woodlands and forests- this lab has been focused on laboratory-scale flammability of a diversity of species from North America. The current work focuses on understanding differential moisture and litterfall relationships and evaluating the lab-based findings in the wild. Interests are focused on oak-hickory ecosystems in north Mississippi and SW Virginia and longleaf pine-oak ecosystems across the southeastern US.
2) Patterns of oak recovery across wildfire severity gradients- this project is working on understanding the pathways of California black oak following wildfires in 2002 and a re-burn in 2012 in the southern Cascades of northern California. Current work is evaluating survival of remnant oaks and tracking the effects of multiple fires on oak community composition and structure.
3) On-going work on the fire ecology of American chestnut, ecology of upland oaks in fire-prone ecosystems, post-fire tree mortality, fire-disease-insect interactions, the ecological consequences of fuels treatments (mostly mastication and prescribed fire) and others that could be pursued.
Strong applicants will be creative, have a competitive GPA, GRE scores, and have substantial research experience, in the field and/or laboratory. Applicants for the Ph.D. position will have a strong research background with publications and substantial statistical and/or modeling experience. Education and training in fire ecology, a lack of fear of statistics, and great passion for your work will all help. In your email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), please include your research interests, a resume/CV with relevant scores, a writing example, and contact information for two references who can speak to your potential as a productive scholar.
Both positions have competitive stipends, tuition waivers, computing, and travel funding. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, an awesome college town in the Appalachian Mountains with a pleasant climate and vibrant community. The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation is consistently ranked among the world’s most outstanding forestry programs. Related departments across Virginia Tech have related expertise in ecology, meteorology, materials flammability, and modeling.
Send material or direct questions:
J. Morgan Varner
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation Virginia Tech
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