Funded PhD Position in Forest Health at the University of Toronto

I am looking for an enthusiastic and creative graduate student to undertake a PhD in spatial ecology and forest health in Forestry at the U of T (forestry.utoronto.ca). Work in our lab aims to improve understanding of landscape-level disturbance and recovery processes in forest ecosystems to inform sustainable resource management.

I am specifically looking for students interested in studying the cumulative effects of forest disturbances on forest health. Possible projects include:

1)    Exploring how the spatial legacies of forest insect outbreaks affect fire activity

2)    Examining the cumulative effects of multiple disturbances on wildlife habitat quantity, quality, and connectivity

3)    Forecasting future disturbance interactions under climate and land-use change using spatially explicit simulation models

The successful applicant should have an MSc, a strong background in ecology, an interest in forestry and forest conservation, and experience with quantitative analysis and statistics (e.g., R).

Funding is available at a level of $18,000/year for 4 years. Please note that this funding opportunity is available only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The targeted start date is January 2020.

To apply, please send a short letter of motivation and a copy of your CV to: patrick.james@utoronto.ca.

More information on the lab can be found here : www.jameslab.ca

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