From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Graduate Research Assistantship (Dendroclimatology in
A graduate research assistantship (GRA) position at either the MS or Ph.D.
level is available starting Summer 2010 (May 16, 2010) in the Department
of Forestry (www.for.msu.edu) at Michigan State University (MSU). The
main objective of this project is to develop processed based models to
link the impact of climate on carbon dynamics in western Kenyan trees and
forests via dendroclimatology. Tree-ring parameters that will be examined
include ring width, ring density, and other anatomical parameters (e.g.,
vessel diameters and implications for tree hydraulic efficiency).
Dendroclimatic models will serve as the basis for future projections of
carbon dynamics under different future climate change scenarios.
This project and position is a part of a new dimension to a larger Carbon
Benefits Project (CBP) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and
implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The
general goal of CBP is to develop standardized protocols for measuring,
monitoring and modeling carbon dynamics in terrestrial landscapes. The
measurement and monitoring component of CBP is being conducted by the
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in cooperation with Dr. David Skole (MSU) and
other partners to integrate space-based remote sensing, ground-based
measurements, and soils analysis.
This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a
competitive stipend at the Master's (~$19,000/year) or Ph.D. level
(~$21,000/year). The candidate selected for this position also has the
opportunity to start before the Summer 2010 semester and be paid at an
hourly rate until the GRA takes over.
If you are interested, contact:
Dr. Sophan Chhin
Assistant Professor, Silviculture and Forest Ecosystem Productivity
Department of Forestry
Michigan State University
126 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
Tel: (517) 353-7251
Fax: (517) 432-1143
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
In your initial inquiry, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information of three
references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue
until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit
material by February 19, 2010.