Job: Forest and Fire Ecology MS Assistantship - University of Montana - Missoula, MT


The University of Montana Wilderness Institute seeks to fill a MS graduate assistantship to work on a funded project titled, “Ecosystem Response to Fire in the Wilderness.” This project will measure vegetation and fuels across sites that burned in the last 40 years to assess the potential for fire-caused changes to vegetation structure and function, including conversions to non-forest and feedbacks of previous fires on subsequent fire effects. Potential study areas include the Bob Marshall Complex, Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church - River of No Return, and Gila-Aldo Leopold wilderness areas. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Sean Parks and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI). The position will be supervised by Dr. Andrew J. Larson.

The MS student will conduct field and remote-sensing based investigations of fire effects in wilderness areas, including publication of results in peer-reviewed journals; work collaboratively with UM faculty, staff, and students, ALWRI researchers, and wilderness managers; and support undergraduate education at UM through occasional service as a guest speaker, field trip leader, or field course teaching assistant. Four semesters of support are available, including salary, tuition, mandatory fees, and health insurance.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 3, 2022.

Contact Name Dr. Andrew J. Larson
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Post Date

Jan 10, 2022


Type: Job