A MS position is available with Dr. Heather Alexander and the Forest and
Fire Ecology Lab (http://forestfire.fwrc.msstate.edu/) in the Department of
Forestry at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS).  Research in our
lab focuses on understanding forest response to changing disturbance regimes
in a variety of forest ecosystems, including Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas,
and Siberia. The student will conduct extensive field research investigating
the influence of fire on upland oak forest regeneration and consequences of
forest compositional shifts on resource availability and forest flammability
at a variety of sites, including Spirit Hill Farm in northern Mississippi
and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in western Kentucky. The student
will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) but will act as a
teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in Dendrology and/or Ecology
during two semesters. The student also will be expected to assist other
researchers in the lab with their projects and contribute to departmental,
college, and university service. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in
forestry, ecology, biology, or a related field. Successful candidates must
demonstrate an aptitude for research, strong analytical and communication
skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently. Prior
experience in fieldwork related to forest and ecosystem ecology is highly
desired. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and capable of
working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and
thorny vegetation. The student must have data analysis and scientific
writing experience and a strong desire to pursue these non-field related
activities. Must also possess a current and valid driver's license. If
interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander
(heather.alexan...@msstate.edu)  (1) a cover letter discussing interest in
the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a
resume/CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts. Incomplete applications will not
be considered. Details on the full application process to the MSU Graduate
School can be found at http://www.grad.msstate.edu/prospective/. Financial
support is available for two years, starting in fall 2018, and includes a
stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Review of applications will
begin on February 26, 2018.

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