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M.S. position in the Forest Ecophysiology Lab at the University of Kentucky

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University of Kentucky Forest Ecophysiology Lab. M.S. position in the Forest Ecophysiology Lab at the University of Kentucky.

Come join us! The Forest Ecophysiology Lab, led by Dr. Sybil Gotsch in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, is recruiting a graduate student to join the lab July 1, 2023.

University of Kentucky Forest Ecophysiology Lab

Research in our lab lies at the interface between ecohydrology, plant physiology and ecosystem ecology.

We study the water relations of plant communities and are interested in understanding how climate change and forest management will impact plant community structure and ecosystem function.

Our group is currently conducting research on the physiological mechanisms that confer success and failure under different microclimatic conditions.

Findings from this work will then be used to understand how potential changes in water use or community structure will affect the hydrologic cycle.

We are currently conducting research in the Tropical Montane Cloud Forests of Costa Rica and in the Temperate Forests of Central and Southern Appalachia.

This student will primarily participate on our research program in Central Appalachia, though there will be opportunities to support our work in Costa Rica as well.

The Forest Ecophysiology Lab is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) in the fields of forestry and environmental science.

As an Equal Opportunity Institution, we strongly encourage prospective candidates from historically marginalized populations to consider the opportunity.

Our team puts people first-our commitment to mentorship and professional development is central to our mission.

Minimum qualifications: University of Kentucky Forest Ecophysiology Lab

Candidate must have successfully completed a B.A. or B.S. in Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Biology or other related field by June of 2023.

Candidate must be in good physical condition as this project will entail field work and will include long days working outdoors in mountainous terrain.

We commonly carry packs with 40-50 pounds of gear and have to hike a few miles to some research locations.

Candidate must have a strong work ethic and be comfortable working in the field with minimal supervision.

Preferred qualifications: University of Kentucky Forest Ecophysiology Lab

1-2 years field experience

Experience working with large datasets

Strong writing skills.

Comfort and ability working in large teams

⚫ Interest and/or ability working at heights (i.e. tree climbing)

• Experience with R or other programs for data management and statistical analyses

The successful applicant will receive an –$18,000 stipend, health insurance and tuition. Travel to and from field locations and housing will be provided.

More information about the Graduate Program in Forestry and Natural Resources can be found at:

Send cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts and a list of 3 references to Dr. Sybil Gotsch ([email protected]). Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15th.

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