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MS Assistantship: Red Oak and Poplar Whole-Plant and Molecular Responses to Flooding - Monticello Arkansas

The University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Monticello, Arkansas
Job Description:

Red oak species are key components of bottomland hardwood ecosystems that are facing management challenges. This M.S. student’s thesis will include two components. The first study will determine the effects of fully submerging red oak seedlings on growth and biomass allocation. The second study will investigate how different winter soil temperatures affect root growth of poplar and red oak seedlings, and key biochemical and molecular responses to cold soil temperatures. The knowledge from these studies will aid conservation and management decisions, especially for afforestation and artificial regeneration in bottomland hardwood forests of naturally flooded forests and GreenTree reservoirs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn relevant greenhouse and laboratory techniques, participate in related fieldwork, and work with scientists and representatives from state and federal conservation agencies to develop scientifically informed management recommendations for the conservation and restoration of bottomland hardwood forests.



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.

Preferred start in June 2022, but will consider August 2022.



The College of Forestry, Agriculture & 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.

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 College of Forestry, Agriculture & 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 inquiries. For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Benjamin Babst: