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  • Created: 29.08.2011
    Expires: 12/23/2011 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Brian W. Benscoter

    Brian.Benscoter@FAU.edu


    Graduate Research Opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology
     (12 May 2011)

    We are inviting applications for a graduate research position (M.Sc. preferred) in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University (www.science.fau.edu/biology/faculty_staff/benscoter.htm). We are seeking a highly motivated student for a Joint Fire Sciences Program-funded research project with broad focal areas in forestry, fire ecology, wetland ecology, remote sensing, soil science, and biogeochemistry. This research is part of a collaborative project by researchers at FAU, Michigan Technological University, US Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service investigating fire dynamics in wetland ecosystems. 

    Research will focus on examining spatial patterns of wetland soil conditions and fuel moisture influence on soil combustion using a combination of laboratory and field experiments, prescribed burning, and remote sensing. The project will be based at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR), located in the east-central portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (www.fws.gov/midwest/seney/about_us.html ). The Refuge encompasses 95,238 acres of wetland and upland forest ecosystems, including the Seney Wilderness Area and the Strangmoor Bog National Natural Landmark.  Opportunities exist for synergistic activities with other current research programs in Michigan, western Canada (www.uoguelph.ca/peatfire/Peat_Fire/Home.html), Alaska (www.uoguelph.ca/Apex/APEX/Home.html), and the Everglades. 

    Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in ecology, forestry, or a related field. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this position. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently and conduct rigorous fieldwork in remote settings, as well as willingness to travel and work for extended periods at the research sites, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. A valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record is preferred, as is prior experience in field research or prescribed burning. 

    The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at FAU in Dr. Benscoter’s lab on the FAU-Davie campus. Student support includes monthly stipend and tuition as well as travel and accommodations at research sites and scientific meetings. The Biology and Environmental Science programs at FAU have partnerships with a number of research institutions, including Max Planck, Scripps, USGS, and Everglades National Park. Visit the FAU Environmental Science Program website for information on the graduate program and application requirements (www.science.fau.edu/biology/envirosci/). 

    Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with a target enrollment date of January 2012. Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV or resume, a written statement of research background and interest, and names and contact information for two references via email to Dr. Brian Benscoter (Brian.Benscoter@FAU.edu). 

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    Brian W. Benscoter, MSc PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Florida Atlantic University
    3200 College Ave
    Davie, FL 33314 USA

    Office: DW437  Lab: DW434
    Tel: 954.236.1141  Fax: 954.236.1099
    Email: Brian.Benscoter@FAU.edu

  • Created: 29.08.2011
    Expires: 12/17/2011 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Line Rochefort

    line.rochefort@fsaa.ulaval.ca


    PhD in Plant Biology, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

    Modelling plant communities in abandoned and restored peatlands (27 April 2011)

    Project of the NSERC industrial research Chair in peatland management (http://www.gret-perg.ulaval.ca)

    Start : April or September 2011

    Description

    We are looking for a PhD candidate in Plant Biology, Université Laval. The project is related to numerical ecology and peatland restoration. It aims mainly at developing criteria for evaluating restoration success and at understanding the factors (anthropogenic, abiotic, biotic or climatic) favoring the regeneration after abandonment of peat extraction activities. The project will benefit from a large data base (1994). The first objective will be to study vegetation in abandoned sites which were mined by hand (block cut harvesting) or industrially (vacuum mining) to identify the role of local and landscape factors in recolonisation processes. The second objective will be to study peatlands that have been restored during the last 20 years and to isolate factors responsible of a good restoration success. The results will be used to establish criteria allowing to identify rapidly which sites are on the good trajectory toward the reference ecosystem and which sites would need new restoration actions. 

    The candidate will:
    -    have completed a master degree in biology, environmental sciences, mathematic or computer sciences (or in a relevant field);
    -    show great aptitudes for numerical ecology and have a good experience with multivariate analyses in this field;
    -    have a good experience in research including the writing of scientific papers;
    -    be dynamic and show great aptitudes for developing original research ideas;
    -    be both autonomous and able to work with people;

    Financing:

    Grant of 25 000$/year from the NSERC industrial Chair in peatland management. Possibility of a supplement of 12 000$ from the academic funds (in total for the whole program duration). 

    People interested must send 1) their c.v., 2) a motivation letter, and 3) a copy of academic bulletin (bachelor and MSc) to Line Rochefort or Monique Poulin from Université Laval (Québec) at: line.rochefort@fsaa.ulaval.ca; monique.poulin@fsaa.ulaval.ca