Closing date: Open until filled.
Position available: For a MS graduate student.
The successful applicant will have a strong interest in field ecology, vegetation - including bryophytes and lichens, statistical analyses and modeling, GIS analyses, and ecosystem change studies.
Background: This research is part of an integrated large scale experimental study, the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) (http://www.geog.ubc.ca/itex/), to look at the response of Arctic vegetation to changes in climate.
It is also part of the International Polar Year (IPY - http://www.ipy.org/), a large scientific program focusing research on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March to March.
ITEX has been measuring experimentally controled changes in productivity, phenology, vegetation composition, and nutrient fluxes within small scale vegetation plots replicated at many sites across the Arctic.
The student will continue with these long term measurements by sampling vegetation composition in natural and experimentally modified (by warming and altering snow depth) plots at the Toolik Lake Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in Northern Alaska and analyze vegetation change over the last two decades using data from long term monitoring.
The goal of these analyses are to determine real and potential responses of arctic tundra to climate in order to further our understanding of ecosystem response to climatic change and to better our response to these changes in terms of land management.
The student will work under Dr. William Gould (US Forest Service), in collaboration with Dr. Jess Zimmerman (UPR professor), and in cooperation with several collaborators in the NSF -funded project.
The student will join the research team in the IITF GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Ro Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Candidates should have the following skills:
Applicants should submit the following to William Gould at wgould [at] fs.fed.us
This position is available beginning May 2007 with understanding to start coursework in Fall 2007.
Field work in Alaska will be from mid July to the end of August in 2007 and 2008.
The graduate assistantship is available for a 2-year period and will include an annual stipend, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.
Any offer of an assistantship is dependent upon acceptance to the UPR-Ro Piedras Graduate School
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