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MS Assistantship in Applied Forest Ecology

University of Arkansas-Monticello & Arkansas Forest Resources Center
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  • The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning August 16, 2017. There is funding available to begin work this summer before the start of the assistantship. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to develop a thesis project using one of several projects investigating ecological impacts of management on southern forests, including: 1) the influence of gap-based silviculture on natural regeneration and avian community composition in pine-hardwood stands of the West Gulf Coastal Plain and 2) an evaluation of artificial regeneration techniques for restoring bottomland oak forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. There is latitude for the successful applicant to independently develop new components of their thesis project in consultation with Dr. Olson. This is a great opportunity to gain experience conducting applied ecological research in southern forests, while completing a M.S. degree program in the natural resources.
  • Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.
The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition.
How to Apply:
  • Graduate program and application information can be found at Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquires. For additional information, please contact: Dr. Matt Olson –; 870-460-1790