Two graduate opportunities- PhD in fire ecology, MS in landslide ecology; both carbon and community ecology focused

Two exciting new opportunities are available in the Buma lab.  Both are funded.  Both focus on carbon dynamics in very significant, C-dense forest ecosystems, and how multiple disturbances can interact to create interesting new vegetation and C changes.

First, the PhD position:

A PhD position is available starting Summer, 2018, with Dr. Brian Buma at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast.  This exciting opportunity will take the student throughout Alaska, and focus on the interaction between multiple wildfires and subsequent changes to carbon and permafrost cycling.  The PhD position is part of a large, multi-institution effort (UAS, UAF, Florida, Portland State) to link vegetation resilience, permafrost changes, and carbon cycling dynamics into high spatial resolution modeling framework to forecast the effects of climate change on high latitude, boreal systems.

The position will entail:

Extensive fieldwork in Interior Alaska, focusing on plant regeneration after 1-3 fires
Carbon cycle accounting
Assistance with permafrost and soil measurements
Coordination with modeling researchers
Charcoal and black carbon quantification (lab based)
GIS/remote sensing

Applicants should have a Bachelors and/or Masters degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or other quantitative field.  Ideally, applicants will also have field experience and be comfortable in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time.  The applicant should also be independent, self-motivated, and excited to take on a challenging project that will help shape our understanding of climate change in boreal systems world-wide.  The paid position will begin with fieldwork in Summer, 2018, before progressing to graduate classes in Fall, 2018.

The position will be partially based in Fairbanks, Alaska (initially) and then Juneau, Alaska. Both towns offer a unique, Alaskan experience.  Fairbanks is known for its research university, boreal forest setting, and cold, clear winters; Juneau for its coastal temperate rainforests, salmon, glaciers, and bears.

Please contact Dr. Brian Buma (bbuma@alaska.edu) for more information.  Include your CV and letter of introduction, and please check out the lab website (www.brianbuma.com) for more information on other projects going on in the lab.

Boreal forest fire

Boreal forest fire

 

Second, the MS position:

A Masters position is available starting Fall 2018, with Dr. Brian Buma at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast.  This exciting opportunity will take the student throughout Alaska, focusing on one of the most pristine forest ecosystems in the world, the coastal temperate rainforests.  The MS position, funded for two years, will focus on the role that landslides and windstorms have in shaping the distribution of carbon via extensive fieldwork and coordination with modeling scientists at Portland State University.  This research project is significant not only from an ecosystem/carbon perspective, but also because landslides are a significant threat to life and property in many parts of the world, including locally, and skills learned here will transfer not only to research and academic positions but also NGO’s, governmental and natural disaster organizations, and others.

Fieldwork will primarily be located in Sitka, Alaska, through the Sitka Sound Science center.  Sitka, one of the oldest (non-Native) towns in Alaska, is a beautiful town on the Pacific coast, known for its old-growth forests, brown bears, and beautiful views.

The position will entail:
Extensive fieldwork in coastal Alaska, focusing on carbon dynamics and distributions
Soil depth and type measurements
Coordination with modeling researchers
GIS/remote sensing

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or other quantitative field.  Ideally, applicants will also have field experience, OK traveling by boat and float plane, and be comfortable in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time.  The applicant should also be independent, self-motivated, and excited to take on a challenging project that will help shape our understanding of forest disturbance and change processes.  The position will begin in Fall, 2018, through the School of Natural Resources and Extension at UAF.

The academic year will be partially based in Fairbanks, Alaska (first year) and then Juneau, Alaska (second year). Both towns offer a unique, Alaskan experience.  Fairbanks is known for its research university, boreal forest setting, and cold, clear winters; Juneau for its coastal temperate rainforests, ecotourism, salmon, glaciers, and bears.

Please contact Dr. Brian Buma (bbuma@alaska.edu) for more information.  Include your CV and letter of introduction, and please check out the lab website (www.brianbuma.com) for more information on other projects going on in the lab.