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M.S./Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest Ecology

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: Louisiana

Posting Date: 29 Jan 14

Closing Date: 30 Apr 14

Research Assistantship: Graduate assistantship (MS and PhD level) will be available starting as early as Summer 2014 (dependent on student availability) to work with Dr. Michael A. Blazier at the School of Renewable Natural Resources of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA. The research project will focus on studying understory plant communities in operational-scale eucalyptus plantations in Louisiana and Texas relative to the more conventional land use types of slash pine forest and retired pastures these eucalyptus plantations replaced. The research effort also offers flexible opportunities to collaborate on wildlife diversity and soil nutrition studies done in tandem with the vegetation diversity research at these sites.

Stipend: This assistantship comes with a competitive stipend and waiver of tuition. In addition, there is the possibility that housing can be provided for the student at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station during semesters in which the student is not enrolled in coursework. The assistantship will be available for two years for MS students and three years for PhD students.

Application: Please contact Dr. Blazier with your research interest, CV, copies of academic transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references as soon as possible. Details of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources graduate program can be found at

B.S./M.S. in natural resources, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or biology. Preference will be given to students with expertise in forest and/or rangeland plant community quantification, competitive undergraduate GPA (>3.0), and graduate GPA (>3.5), and GRE scores.


Contact Information:

Dr. Michael Blazier
Associate Professor, Forest Ecophysiology
Hill Farm Research Station, School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Phone: (318) 927-2578

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