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[ITRDBFOR] MS or PhD position available, Fire History and Dendroecology of Alaskan Boreal Forests, University of Idaho


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  • From: <phiguera.uidaho AT gmail.com>
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  • Subject: [ITRDBFOR] MS or PhD position available, Fire History and Dendroecology of Alaskan Boreal Forests, University of Idaho
  • Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:30:29 -0500 (EST)

MS or PhD position available, Fire History and Dendroecology of Alaskan Boreal
Forests, University of Idaho

Overview: A 2-4 year NSF-funded research assistantship is available to join a
team of scientists focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on
boreal forest ecosystems, including tree growth and fire regimes. The
assistantship is part of the NSF-funded PalEON project, a PaleoEcological
Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models
(www.paleonproject.org). Recent climate warming has resulted in profound
environmental changes in boreal ecosystems, including forest expansion and
shifting fire regimes. Knowledge of forest responses to climate change is
essential for projecting ecosystem dynamics, yet this knowledge is limited by
short observational records. The current project utilizes paleoecology,
dendrochronology, and varying modeling approaches to (1) quantify the pattern
and causes of boreal fire regime variability over the past 2000 years, (2)
quantify the impacts of climate variability on tree growth over the past
several centuries, and (3) assimilate these data into ecosystem models to
project ecosystem response to future climate change.

*As a PhD, the project is particularly well suited for a student with MS
experience in dendroecology, and who is interested in learning additional
skills in lake-sediment based paleoecology and fire ecology.

More information: Interested candidates should view the full position
description and advertisement
(http://webpages.uidaho.edu/phiguera/gradResearchAssistAdd_2013_08.pdf), also
located on the home page of the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab
(http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/paleoecologylab).

Contact Philip Higuera
(phiguera AT uidaho.edu)
for more information.


  • [ITRDBFOR] MS or PhD position available, Fire History and Dendroecology of Alaskan Boreal Forests, University of Idaho, phiguera.uidaho, 11/25/2013

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