Graduate student position in forest-drought interactions at the University of 
New Hampshire

We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated graduate student to join 
our research team in the Ecohydrology Lab at the University of New Hampshire 
starting in Fall 2019.  The student would be expected to conduct their PhD or 
MSc research related to an ongoing research project focused on understanding 
climate change impacts (especially drought) on northeastern forests and tree 
species, including assessing how different species vary in their resistance, 
resilience, and recovery to drought and identifying environmental and 
physiological thresholds of drought response.  The student would have an 
opportunity to collaborate on two established long-term throughfall exclusion 
experiments, one located in a mixed white pine-red oak forest in Durham, NH, 
and the second in a red maple-beech-birch forest at the Hubbard Brook 
Experimental Forest in Woodstock, NH.  

Although the student’s thesis or dissertation should relate broadly to the 
topic of drought, there is sufficient flexibility within the project to pursue 
a range of different specific research directions.  Topics identified as 
particular relevant by the research team include: (1) assessing the role of 
non-structural carbohydrates in mediating the response of different species to 
drought, (2) quantifying and comparing the hydraulic traits and functions 
related to adaptive strategies for surviving soil moisture stress among 
species, (3) examining the environmental and physiological controls on species’ 
carbon and water fluxes, including threshold responses and legacy effects that 
may provide insight into long-term resistance, resilience, and recovery to 
drought.  Two years of funding are available to support a Teaching 
Assistantship, and we anticipate securing additional funding for continued 
support beyond two years, as needed.

The ideal candidate will have a BS or MSc degree in ecosystem ecology, plant 
ecophysiology, ecohydrology, forest biology, or a related field.  Additionally, 
extensive field and/or lab experience, skills working with ecological and plant 
ecophysiological techniques, and strong data analysis and writing skills are 
desirable.  Interested candidates should submit their CV, letter of interest, 
and the names of three references to Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen via email 
(  Review of applications will begin on February 15 
and continue until the position is filled.

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