Clemson Silviculture/Ecology Lab is seeking two graduate Ph.D. students studying invasive plant ecology and management in southern forests. We expect the two students will work together as a team to gain a broad understanding of the topic, but each will have a different emphasis.

One student will focus on studying how invasive plants affect forest health and resilience under future climate change and climate-driven disturbances at the regional scale (southern US) using available data (FIA plots, all sources of remote sensing data, past records of disturbances, etc.) and advanced AI technologies. The student will collaborate with Dr. Christopher Oswalt of US Forest Service and Dr. Feng Luo of Clemson AI Institute at the School of Computing.

Another student will conduct a field-based study, which will focus on developing an innovative approach that controls invasive Chinse tallow (a well-known invasive tree in southern forests). This approach has been suggested by our previous studies, which will use knowledge from long-term comparative growth dynamics of native trees and Chinese tallow and draw the vast successful experiences of vegetation competition management from plantation forestry. The study will be conducted at two DoD properties in SC (Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort). The student will collaborate with Dr. Lauren S. Piles Knapp of US Forest Service and work closely with local natural resources managers.

We are seeking outstanding candidates with BS and/or MS in Forestry, Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Plant/Forest Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. A past record of research experience and scientific publication is desirable. The student will be offered a full stipend of $25,000/year plus a tuition waiver. The stipend is mostly from research grants in the form of GRA but may include a minor (< 25%) GTA assignment to give students some experience in teaching. The assistantship is for three years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and funding availability. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record of obtaining these scholarships. Any scholarships awarded to the students will be in addition to the offered stipend.

The assistantship will start in August 2022 or January 2023. If you are interested, contact Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, 226 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: [email protected]). In your initial contact, please send your statement of your research interest and CV (including degree earned, GPA, and test scores (e.g., GRE, TOFEL) if available). For information about Clemson University and the Silviculture/Ecology Lab, visit www.clemson.edu and https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/faculty_staff/profiles/gwang

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