Plant Community Response to Reforestation

Grad Student Position Details

Project Title
Plant Community Response to Reforestation

Degree Program
MSc

Supervisor
Robert Froese and Brad Pinno

Professorial Rank
Associate Professor

Department
Renewable Resources

Project Start Date
05/01/2023

Project Description

The Forest Growth & Yield Lab and the Silviculture Lab at the University of Alberta jointly offer an open graduate research assistantship at the M.Sc. level. The research project involves assessing the response and recovery of forest vegetation to silviculture treatment to enhance reforestation success. This project centred in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, has the potential to generate results that are influential in forest science and management in working forests.

In Alberta, glyphosate herbicide is used selectively to affect regenerating stand development. Herbicides are used to reduce the competitive pressure from some plants on conifer regeneration, increasing tree growth and yield, but may also be used to reduce the abundance of broadleaved trees so that conifer-dominated pre-harvest stand conditions are restored after timber harvest. Glyphosate is known to break down over time in soils and plant tissues; however, the use of glyphosate herbicide is sometimes controversial. In this project, the abundance of glyphosate residues in plants and plant community composition and diversity will be assessed in the first three years after herbicide application, to investigate the response and recovery of the plant community. Funding for this project is provided by the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) through the Forest Resource Improvement Program (FRIP).

A competitive stipend plus payment of tuition and most fees is included and is renewable annually for up to 2 years. The successful applicant will have a strong interest in the forest plant community, including skills in plant species identification and written communications. A relevant prior B.Sc. and education or experience in temperate or boreal forests, is required. Prior experience participating in field research is a plus. Support for research activity, including lab space, computing, field expenses, and conference travel, is also included. Note: foreign nationals and their dependents residing in Alberta for graduate school qualify for public funded health insurance.

The Alberta School of Forest Science and Management is located within the University of Alberta, which is an internationally recognized research University with over 40,000 students from 156 countries. Located in Edmonton, along the North Saskatchewan River valley and just a few hours from the Rocky Mountains, the University offers a friendly and affordable environment with diverse social and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Start date is flexible, either January or May 2023. Please contact Dr. Robert Froese (refroese@ualberta.ca) or Dr. Brad Pinno (bpinno@ualberta.ca) with questions. To apply, please email Dr. Froese your CV, list of references, and a cover letter that includes a description of your interests and previous experience.

Keywords
Froese, reforestation, plant community, silviculture, growth and yield

Contact Email
refroese@ualberta.ca

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