We are seeking a M.Sc. student to evaluate how stand composition and
inter-tree distance influences wood characteristics of Spruce and Aspen
growing in mixedwood stands.

Mixedwood forests comprise a large component of the land base in British
Columbia, and western Canada generally.  While conifer dominated stands
have historically been preferentially harvested, utilization of softwood
and hardwood fiber from mixedwood stands is projected to increase.  Advancing
our understanding of how stand composition and forest structure influence
wood and fiber attributes will promote better utilization and management of
these forest resources.  The student working on this project will use a
combination of dendrochronology methods, wood fiber analysis, and forest
measurement to analyze relationships between tree growth, forest structure
and wood properties.

Applicants should be interested in studying the drivers of tree growth at
the individual and stand level and relating this information to forest
management.  Research associated with this project will be done at
established silviculture research sites, and in natural forest stands, near
Fort St. John in north eastern British Columbia.

This M.Sc. research project will entail a combination of field sampling
under difficult conditions and data modeling. Ideal candidates will have a
strong forest ecology or plant physiology background.  Strong quantitative
skills and experience conducting data analysis and modelling in R or Python
would be beneficial.

Successful applicants will be working with Dr. Ché Elkin
<http://www.unbc.ca/che-elkin> and Dr. Lisa Wood (University of Northern
British Columbia <https://www.unbc.ca/>), and Richard Kabzems (B.C.
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
(FLNRORD)).  UNBC is located in Prince George and is surrounded by
intermontane sub-boreal forest providing untold opportunity for exploration
and field research and study.  UNBC has a well-regarded program in Forest
Ecology and Management, and is Canada’s Green UniversityTM as well as a top
‘green employer’ within Canada.  Two years of funding are guaranteed for
this position.

Interested students should contact Ché Elkin for further information on
this research opportunity and position.  Applicants for this position are
asked to send a letter of interest, detailed CV, transcripts, and names of
3 references to Dr. Ché Elkin (che.el...@unbc.ca).  Applications will be
evaluated as they are received, with the aim of selecting a student by May
11th, 2018.   The preferred start date for this position will be Sept.
2018, with the potential for a January 2019 start.

For more information please see:
http://www.unbc.ca/che-elkin <http://www.unbc.ca/che-elkin/opportunities>

Ché Elkin

Associate Professor

FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Chair

University of Northern British Columbia

Ecosystem Science and Management

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