Graduate positions in Forest Restoration Ecology and Ecophysiology

We are looking for two students who are interested in graduate studies (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in forest ecology research.

One area of study investigates the impact of micro-topography on early tree seedlings performance and vegetation development in forest restoration sites. For this research, I am seeking a motivated M.Sc. student who is interested in applied forest research. This research is part of a series of projects within my research group that investigate the relationships between site conditions and early succession in reclaimed areas of the boreal forest of Alberta. The overall aim of the research is to understand underlying forest ecosystem and successional processes, to develop innovative reclamation techniques, and to determine stand trajectories to successfully regenerate surface mined lands to self-sustaining forests by restoring ecosystem functions and processes that are essential for the development of resilient forests.

For the second area of study, I am seeking a graduate student (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) to conduct research on the role of non-structural carbohydrate reserves in trees and forest ecosystem function in response to abiotic and biotic stresses. Specifically the research focusses on the effects of carbon reserves and their accumulation and re-mobilization in trees. This work will also be related to interspecific physiological and morphological adaptations and some of the work will also have direct linkages to applied ecological research in the area of restoration ecology undertaken in my research group.

Graduate students in this project will be under the supervision of Simon Landhäusser, Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, (http://landhausser.ualberta.ca/). Depending on the interest and quality of the applicants, the project offers considerable flexibility in designing a research program that investigates areas of personal interest within the overall framework of the project.

Background in plant biology, forest ecology or related field is essential, as is an interest in the linkages between forests and disturbance. Experience with any of the following will be an asset, but is not required: plant identification, ecophysiology, and plant nutrition. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a necessity. Selection of a student will be based on academic achievements, reference letters, and if applicable previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential.

Application deadline: January 31, 2018 or until the positions are filled. Salary ranges between CAN$ 26,000 and 29,000 per year for a period of 2 years for a M.Sc. and 3 years for a Ph.D.; extensions are possible, but will depend on the student performance. Canadian students could also be eligible for TriCouncil graduate scholarships (e.g. NSERC) in their first year. It is preferable that successful candidates start their laboratory and fieldwork in May 2018 while applying to the graduate program at the University of Alberta for the fall or winter of 2018. The applicants must meet the entrance requirement for the University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources, which can be viewed at: http://www.ales.ualberta.ca/rr/phdprograms.cfm

Interested candidates should e-mail their transcript, curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2 page limit), recent TOEFL scores (if appropriate), and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Simon Landhäusser (simon.landhausser@ualberta.ca), Department of Renewable Resources, 4-42 Earth Science Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3, CANADA. Phone: (780)-492-6381; Fax: (780)-492-1767.

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