MSc Opportunity – Forest Genetics, Start date: Immediate

Barb Thomas Lab

I am seeking a highly motivated MSc student to join my research group. As part of your graduate thesis research, you will lead a greenhouse study on the effects of drought stress on the sex performance of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Provenance and sex performance of seedlings will be compared through ecophysiological assessments, growth, biomass allocation and water use efficiency.

Prospective students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or the natural sciences with a focus on forestry, ecology, genetics, plant biology or related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with field and greenhouse work, high attention to detail and strong computing skills including the use of statistical software packages. This project is part of a series of studies focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms driving differences in clonal performance in aspen.

This opportunity is open to domestic and international students, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds and/or teaching will be required. Scholarships are available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater.

The research project will start in the summer or fall of 2019. Please submit an updated CV and letter of interest in conducting graduate research in forest genetics to Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca) and Morgan Randall (mrandall@ualberta.ca). 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.

To learn more about the research in our lab, please visit our website at: https://people.ales.ualberta.ca/barbthomas/

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