The silviculture and applied forest ecology, and forest insect ecology labs at 
Michigan Technological 
University are seeking a PhD student interested in the ecology and management 
of hardwood forests 
affected by beech bark disease (BBD) in northern Michigan, to start in the 
Spring of 2017.  Research in 
our labs focuses on the inter-relationships among forest composition and 
structure, ecological 
processes, forest health, and the full range of ecosystem services across 
scales from individual trees, to 
stands and landscapes.  The successful applicant will be primarily engaged on a 
project funded by the 
National Park Service investigating the potential for reintroducing American 
beech to two national 
lakeshores in Michigan that have been impacted by BBD.  

Successful applicants will be expected to collaborate as an active member of a 
research group, conduct 
fieldwork in variable weather conditions, be comfortable taking initiative and 
working independently, and 
perform detailed statistical analyses.  Strong written and verbal 
communication, and computational 
skills are required.  Prior experience participating in or leading field 
research is desired. A master’s 
degree or work experience in a related field is an advantage.

Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science 
( is 
particularly well known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied 
ecology, forest molecular 
genetics, and wildlife management. We currently employ 23 tenure-track faculty, 
10 research faculty, 23 
research professionals, and 11 administrative/support professionals and enroll 
155 undergraduate and 
75 graduate students.

Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research 
University, enrolls nearly 7,000 
students and is a leader in science and engineering education. Michigan Tech is 
institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in 
support of our commitment 
to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Located in Houghton, on the shore of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a 
friendly, safe, and 
affordable living environment with excellent opportunities for exceptional, 
year-round outdoor recreation 

The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Dr. Andrew Storer and 
Dr. Yvette Dickinson.  
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Yvette Dickinson at 
Please include a CV, 
GPA, GRE scores (if available) and a written statement describing your research 
interests and previous 
research experience. Applicants should also initiate a free graduate school 
application at Review of applications will 
begin 1st December 2016, 
and continue until the position is filled.

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