M.S. Assistantship: Performance of Varietals and Open Pollinated Loblolly Pine in the Gulf Coastal Plain An assistantship is available for a self-motivated M.S. graduate student in the area of growth and yield performance of varietals and open pollinated loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). The assistantship is available for 24 months beginning in the fall of 2023. This research project aims to evaluate annual growth and productivity of loblolly pine in association with soil, genetic, economic, and climate factors.

The research work involves close cooperation with forest industry in the region with regard to silviculture and advanced pine genomes. The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Center for Forest Business headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.

Qualifications: Candidates having experience in forest inventory, forest growth and yield modeling, and knowledge of statistical methods and computing tools is highly desirable. It is expected that the applicant will have an undergraduate (BS) in forestry, forest science, or natural resource management. This research project requires strong quantitative and analytical skills, so students with statistics background and R programming skills are highly encouraged. Over-night travel and outdoor work under various climates might be needed.

Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Applicants must apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at https://cfanr.embark.com/apply/graduateschool2023. You will be required to submit application information, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, a statement of interest, and three references. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. For application assistance, contact Rhonda Parris at parris@uamont.edu. For position inquiries, contact Pradip Saud, saud@uamont.edu 870/460-1642. Contact Person Pradip Saud, Ph.D. Contact eMail saud@uamont.edu

Application & Additional Information: Graduate program information can be found at https://www.uamont.edu/academics/CFANR/grad-degrees.html

Salary $18000.00

Start Date Jul/01/2023

Last Date to Apply 02/28/2023

Website https://www.uamont.edu/academics/CFANR/grad-degrees.html

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