Dr. Harold Zald (http://www2.humboldt.edu/fwr/faculty/detail/harold_zald) and Dr. Kerry Byrne (http://www.kmbyrne.net/) are seeking a highly motivated student interested in joining the Forest Measurements and Ecology Lab (http://zaldforestlab.weebly.com) to pursue an MS degree in Forestry and Wildland Resources at Humboldt State University (http://humboldt.edu/fwr/program/graduate_degrees). The selected student will collect and analyze field and lab data to quantify mortality of large old-growth Sugar (Pinus lambertiana) and Jeffery (PInus jefferyi) pines in response to a large catchment scale prescribed fire scheduled for Fall 2020 in an old-growth mixed conifer forest in the southern Sierra Nevada of California. The project will occur at Teakettle Experimental Forest (http://teakettle.ucdavis.edu/index.htm), a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA in the southern Sierra Nevada. Field duties will include performing a census of large pine trees within the watershed, collecting field observations on tree vigor and duff depth, collecting duff and soil cores for root analysis, and establishing an experiment to determine the efficacy of duff raking in mitigating large pine mortality. Laboratory work will include processing duff and soil core samples to quantify bulk density and root biomass. Selected student must be able to work independently and in team settings, thrive in adverse field conditions, and be willing to camp for extended periods of time during the field season. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, a kitchen and common space; individual will spend the summer sleeping in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA, approximately a 1-hour drive from the field station.
Strong candidates for admission to the HSU Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources Graduate Program should have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale for all college and university work, and GRE scores in the top 50th percentile (>152 Verbal, >153 Quantitative, >4 Writing). Minimum qualifications include a BS degree completed no later than June 2020 in Forestry, Forest Ecology, Ecology, or related fields. Additional minimum qualifications include:
MS student will be hired as a full time field research assistant beginning in June 2020 at $17.46/hr. During the academic year, the student will have a salary of $17.46/hr for up to 20 works per week. The project has funding for at least 2 years, with the second year of funding conditional on satisfactory student academic standing and project progress. Additional funding opportunities may exist to teach lab sections of Forest Measurements and Forest Restoration classes taught by Dr. Zald. MS student will supervise at least one undergraduate field and lab assistant supporting field data collection and laboratory sample processing.
How to Apply
Applicants are being considered to begin field work in June 2020 and enroll in graduate school fall semester of 2020. To apply, send the following (as a single PDF document) to Dr. Harold Zald (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Kerry Byrne (email@example.com):
Students who do not have a previous degree in forestry are eligible for admission to the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources graduate program. However, students who are admitted may be required to take prerequisite undergraduate forestry courses (e.g. forest mensuration, silviculture, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact Harold Zald at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Teakettle Website: