Graduate research assistantships are available for outstanding graduate student 
candidates to study the restoration ecology, ecophysiology, and silviculture of 
native hardwood forest trees. Research may focus on high-value North American 
hardwood species (walnut and oak) and/or development of restoration strategies 
for threatened species such as American chestnut and butternut (in the Central 
U.S.), live oak (in coastal Georgia), or koa (in tropical Hawaii). Candidates 
will work within the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center 
(, a collaborative research organization comprised of U.S. Forest 
Service and Purdue University scientists in concert with industry and 
governmental partners, administratively located in the Department of Forestry 
and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The interdisciplinary nature of our 
research program suggests that most projects will integrate aspects from 
several, related disciplines to enhance the complexity and impact of the 

Preference will be given to Ph.D. students, though M.S. students with strong 
credential should also inquire. Assistantships will be awarded at $20,410 
(M.S.) and $23,420 (Ph.D.) per year and include a subsidized insurance plan. 
For fall semester 2019, applications should be received by January 15, 2019.  

Douglass F. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Professor and Fred M. van Eck Chair of Forest Biology
Director, Tropical Harwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center 
Associate Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Editor-in-Chief, New Forests
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
Email:; Phone:  +1 765-494-3608

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