*I will be at ESA 2017 if you would like to meet and discuss this
A Masters position is available starting Fall 2018, with Dr. Brian Buma at
the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast. This exciting
opportunity will take the student throughout Alaska, focusing on one of the
most pristine forest ecosystems in the world, the coastal temperate
rainforests. The MS position, funded for two years, will focus on the role
that landslides and windstorms have in shaping the distribution of carbon
via extensive fieldwork and coordination with modeling scientists at
Portland State University. This research project is significant not only
from an ecosystem/carbon perspective, but also because landslides are a
significant threat to life and property in many parts of the world,
including locally, and skills learned here will transfer not only to
research and academic positions but also NGO’s, governmental and natural
disaster organizations, and others.
Fieldwork will primarily be located in Sitka, Alaska, through the Sitka
Sound Science center. Sitka, one of the oldest (non-Native) towns in
Alaska, is a beautiful town on the Pacific coast, known for its old-growth
forests, brown bears, and beautiful views.
The position will entail:
Extensive fieldwork in coastal Alaska, focusing on carbon dynamics and
Soil depth and type measurements
Coordination with modeling researchers
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in biology, environmental
science, chemistry, or other quantitative field. Ideally, applicants will
also have field experience, OK traveling by boat and float plane, and be
comfortable in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time. The
applicant should also be independent, self-motivated, and excited to take
on a challenging project that will help shape our understanding of forest
disturbance and change processes. The position will begin in Fall, 2018,
through the School of Natural Resources and Extension at UAF.
The academic year will be partially based in Fairbanks, Alaska (first year)
and then Juneau, Alaska (second year). Both towns offer a unique, Alaskan
experience. Fairbanks is known for its research university, boreal forest
setting, and cold, clear winters; Juneau for its coastal temperate
rainforests, ecotourism, salmon, glaciers, and bears.
Please contact Dr. Brian Buma (bb...@alaska.edu) for more information.
Include your CV and letter of introduction, and please check out the lab
website (www.brianbuma.com) for more information on other projects going on
in the lab.
Brian Buma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology
University of Alaska