Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

Ph.D. student assistantship: managing forests for carbon sequestration

We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student interested in the emerging field of Climate Smart Forestry, which involves managing forests for carbon sequestration to provide Natural Climate Solutions. Come join the O’Halloran Lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University, starting in fall or winter of 2023. The position is open to students of any science background and is a grantfunded, three-year Ph.D. Assistantship using state of the art technology to study how silviculture and forest management intersect with state of the art technology the restoration of the iconic longleaf pine forests of the Southeastern United States could be managed to mitigate the effects of human induced climate change. The assistantship includes a three-year tuition waver and salary of $25,000 per year.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to our science through your own interests and perspectives while gaining extensive hands-on field work experience in forestry and micrometeorology, including conducting forest carbon inventories and working with eddy covariance sensors and data. You will be a core member of a team building several new eddy covariance towers in managed forests in South Carolina. You will also have great networking opportunities while working as part of a team of collaborating scientists from Clemson University

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors (or equivalent) degree in biological sciences, environmental science, ecology, forestry, atmospheric science, engineering, or other related field with a desire to learn strong quantitative skills (e.g., statistics or computer programming).

Preferred Qualifications: Masters (or equivalent) degree in biological sciences, environmental science, ecology, forestry, atmospheric science, engineering, or other related field. Experience computer programming in R, Python or MATLAB. Experience working with eddy covariance data, including running EddyPro. Experience conducting forest surveys.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 30 pounds (14kg), able to work outdoors in hot humid conditions, and have a willingness to be trained to safely climb and work at heights of 100’ (30m) on eddy covariance towers.

To apply, send an email attached with a CV introducing yourself, stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and your future goals to Dr. Tom O’Halloran (he/his) at tohallo@clemson.edu by August 25, 2023. Contact info, this posting, and details about the lab are available here: https://sites.google.com/g.clemson.edu/ohalloran/opportunities

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