Project: Greentree reservoirs (GTRs), wetland forests with human-controlled flooding, are in widespread use to provide a variety of ecosystem services, including habitat for migratory waterfowl. Oak species are key components of these ecosystems, but are threatened by current management practices.

Crucial information is needed in order to develop sustainable management practices for GTRs. The MS student’s thesis research will include field studies and possibly controlled environment studies to better understand the interactive effects of temperature, flood, and dormancy on oak root physiology.

Studies will answer questions that are not only key to improving GTR management, but also invaluable for restoration of bottomland hardwood forests with natural hydroperiods. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn relevant physiological techniques, and to work with representatives from state and federal conservation agencies to develop scientifically informed management recommendations for GTR forests.

Qualifications

Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required.

To apply: 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. Contact Person: Ben Babst; Contact Phone: 870-460-1348 Contact eMail: babst@uamont.edu

Location and Facilities: The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. 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.

Salary: annual stipend of $18,000, plus tuition

Start Date: 08/16/2023

Last Date to Apply: 06/15/2023

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Benjamin Babst, babst@uamont.edu, 870/460-1348.

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

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