PhD Opportunity in Forest Ecology: Insect Herbivory and Carbon Cycling ~

13 de septiembre de 2004

PhD Opportunity in Forest Ecology: Insect Herbivory and Carbon Cycling

The Dept. of Forest Ecology & Mgmt. at The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a highly motivated PhD candidate to study the effects of insect herbivory on long-term forest carbon cycling and succession using satellite remote sensing data and forest landscape modeling. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team from UW-Madison (Drs. Mladenoff, Scheller), the University of Maryland (Dr. Phil Townsend), and the US Forest Service (Drs. Brian Sturtevant, William Mattson) with funding from NASA.
The student will be responsible for integrating data acquired from MODIS into the forest landscape simulation model, LANDIS-II. The student will test hypotheses regarding the roles of insect herbivory, harvesting, and natural disturbance across multiple landscapes. The candidate will matriculate with Dr. David J. Mladenoff and will become a member of the Forest Landscape Ecology Laboratory (
We seek a candidate with the following skills:
* Educational background in Landscape/Forest Ecology and Forest/Ecosystem Modeling.
* Interest/experience in forest ecology, carbon cycle dynamics, insect herbivory, ecosystem modeling, remote sensing.
* Proficiency in conducting independent scientific research.
* Ability to write papers and publish in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
* Some programming ability; C++ preferred.
* Proficiency with GIS software (e.g. ArcMap/Info) and statistical analysis software.
Potential applicants should submit a CV and statement of research interests
to Dr. Robert M. Scheller at A graduate research
assistantship is available for a 3-year period that includes an annual stipend and a tuition waiver. Further application information is available at
Preferred start date: January 2005. Please submit all materials by October 8, 2004.

Robert M. Scheller, Ph.D.
Dept. Forest Ecology & Management
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1630 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Forest Landscape Ecology Lab Webpage and C.V.

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