MSc Opportunity – Forest Genetics, Start Date: January 2020

Barb Thomas Lab

I am seeking a highly motivated MSc student to join my research group in tree improvement. As part of your graduate thesis research, you will examine underlying causes for low seed yields in lodgepole pine seed orchards intended to provide genetically improved seed for reforestation in the upper and lower foothills of Alberta, Canada.

Prospective students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or the natural sciences with a focus on ecology, plant biology or related field. The project will require both field data collection and lab work such as dissection of reproductive organs under a stereoscope. The ideal candidate will have experience with field and lab work, high attention to detail, strong computing skills including the use of statistical software packages. This project is part of a larger project with Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Simon Bockstette.

This opportunity is open to domestic and international students, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The position will be fully funded through an NSERC/Industry funded Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant, but prospective students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater.

The position is available starting January  2020. Please submit an updated CV and letter of interest in conducting graduate research in forest genetics to Dr. Barb Thomas ( and Morgan Randall ( Informal inquiries to gain more information about the position are also welcome. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled.

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