[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate assistantship in forest nutrient cycling to start on June 3

Erika Marín-Spiotta emarinspiotta at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 06:50:38 MDT 2019

*Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling*
Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a
large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon
allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource
allocation.  The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood
Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook,
Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of
New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have received full-factorial N x
P treatments annually in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands treated with Ca.
Research in the MELNHE project includes aboveground diameter growth, leaf
production by species, foliar nutrient resorption, water use, soil
respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, mycorrhizae, and
snail and arthropod diversity.  More information on the project can be
found at http://www.esf.edu/melnhe.

We welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest
ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis (
http://quantifyinguncertainty.org). Applicants should be self-motivated,
excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory
and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group
setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available at
Ideally, new students would join us at the start of the summer field season
at the beginning of June, so as to become familiar with the field sites and
our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching
assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a
summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided.
Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural
Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both
at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

We appreciate communicating with students as part of the application
process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and
publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the
project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting
the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at
forestecology at esf.edu.


Ruth Yanai
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
210 Marshall Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse,  NY 13210
office: 1-315 470-6955  mobile: 1-315 345-7412  e-mail: rdyanai at syr.edu
<rdyanai at syr.edu>

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