Early Career Ecologists' own Sarah Bisbing is looking for a qualified individual to fill a masters level position at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
Position: I am seeking a highly motivated, independent M.S. student to join my new Forest Ecology & Silviculture lab at California Polytechnic State University (http://nres.calpoly.edu). One graduate research assistantship is available to support research on regeneration dynamics and stand development of coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) following exposure to interacting disturbances (e.g. silvicultural treatment, wildfire, etc.). This study is designed to provide insight into this species’ response to novel conditions and susceptibility to climate change. Field research will occur across the
species’ range, from the Oregon border south to Big Sur, California. There is flexibility in the pursuit of research questions, and the successful applicant can build on the funded study by developing and implementing an independent thesis research project. Qualifications: Applicants should have an excellent academic record, a strong interest in forest and landscape ecology, and a desire to improve quantitative and writing skills. Student must be willing and able to conduct extensive fieldwork in difficult terrain and train technicians in field techniques and sampling protocols. Preference will be given to students with a strong ecological background and prior field/research experience.
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Support Package: A research stipend and tuition are available for a 2-year program, contingent on satisfactory performance and degree progress. Research support and potential housing may also be available for summer fieldwork through Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch (www.spranch.org). Anticipated start date of January 2015.
How to Apply: To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest, including: research interests, career goals, and relevant past experiences; (2) a resume or CV; (3) GRE scores; (4) unofficial academic transcripts; and (5) contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references. Submit application materials as a single pdf file to Dr. Sarah Bisbing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Sarah M. Bisbing, PhD
Assistant Professor, Silviculture & Forest Ecology
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407