PhD Graduate Assistants Landscape Ecology and Ecological Modeling

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The PhD graduate assistants are expected to improve the ecological realism of LANDIS succession and dispersal modules.

They are also expected to design and implement a generic algorithm to simulate feedbacks of fuel treatment and harvesting to vegetation dynamics, based on field experiment data.

The candidate will develop modeling applications to assess short to long term effects of forest management plans on forest health, vegetation dynamics, and fire risk.

Specific issues may include prescribed burnings on fire risk reduction and forest restoration, managing forest landscape for coping with oak decline, and interactions of fuel treatments with succession and/or harvesting.

Both PhD graduate assistants are expected to collaborate with a team of scientists and group members, interact with forest managers, present at national conferences, and write scientific findings for peer-reviewed journal papers.

The stipend for each PhD graduate assistant is $18,000/year for three years (50% graduate research assistantship).

This stipend covers in-state and out of-state tuition waivers.

A qualified candidate should have a background in ecology, forestry, geography, or closely related fields.

Strong technical background in GIS technology (e.g. ArcGIS) and familiarity with forest landscape modeling are necessary.

Programming skills in C++ and C# are preferred.

Application Procedure for Graduate Students:

Applications will be accepted until position is filled with initial review beginning no later than April 1.

Application materials may be obtained by writing to:

Graduate Programs Director, Department of Forestry School of Natural Resources
203 Anheuser-Busch Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia,
Columbia, MO 65211 U.S.A
Dr. Hong S. He
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri-Columbia
203M ABNR Building
Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: 573-882-7717

Fax: 573-882-1992

Email: heh [at]

Graduate application materials and information about the School of Natural Resources and the University of Missouri can be accessed at; PhD Graduate Assistants Landscape Ecology and Ecological Modeling
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