The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research at the interface of tree physiology and fire ecology in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2019. Research will focus on characterizing dose-dependent fire effects on tree tissues and representing this characterization in a new modeling tool that predicts spatially explicit fire effects. This work will contribute to a larger project carried out by an interdisciplinary team of university and federal scientists.
The ideal candidate would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. The candidate should also exhibit strong motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecophysiology and fire ecology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, or a related discipline.
The successful candidate will receive a four year graduate research assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $22k and tuition waiver. The graduate assistantship will not have a teaching requirement, but opportunities to gain teaching experience will be available. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (firstname.lastname@example.org).