From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:36 PM
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Job Announcement: BWCA Forest Ecology Field Tech
Ph.D. Student seeks research technician for the summer 2011 field season
(tentatively 6/4/11 to 8/20/11, start and end dates flexible) to assist with
forest ecology research projects in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness (BWCAW) of northern Minnesota. The BWCAW has recently
experienced a series of severe natural and human-initiated disturbances
including a 1999 windstorm (193,000 ha), numerous prescribed crown fires
from 2001 to 2005 (13,000 ha) and 2 large wildfires in 2006 and 2007 (40,000
ha). Proposed research will examine how recent combinations of disturbance
have altered plant species community composition and structure in the near
boreal forest of the BWCAW.
Assess the combined impacts of the 1999 July 4th blowdown, prescribed fires
and the Ham and Cavity Lake fires on the plant community of the BWCAW
Test current predictions of disturbance theory on the effects of combined
disturbance events on stand structure, species composition and biodiversity.
Enhance scientific understanding of disturbance dynamics in the near-boreal
forest in order to better predict possible outcomes of increased disturbance
frequency on the boreal forest under a warming climate.
Field Conditions: Shared field housing will be provided at Wilderness Canoe
Base on the end of the Gunflint Trail 50 miles West of Grand Marais, MN.
Field sites are located along the shores of Seagull and Saganaga Lakes in
the BWCAW in recently burned boreal forest. Most sites will require a
combination of canoeing and cross-country navigation over extreme terrain.
Field work will be conducted under adverse conditions including biting and
stinging insects, hazardous terrain, and inclement weather.
Duties: Assist with navigation to and from field sites, correctly identify
near-boreal tree species, and collect basic tree measurements (dbh, canopy
Desired Qualifications: Previous experience with wilderness travel and
canoeing, familiarity with flora of Northern Minnesota and experience with
plant identification, demonstrated ability to follow data collection
protocols and ability to maintain positive attitude under adverse field
Pay rate is $10/hour. Transportation will be provided.
To apply, please contact Elias Anoszko at [log in to unmask] with a statement
of interest, cv or resume, and contact information for two references.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.