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Seeking M.S. student- This position was filled as of 12.20.12

posted Nov 1, 2012, 1:33 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Dec 20, 2012, 8:36 AM ]

Applications are invited for the position of a M.S. student to use a forest landscape simulation model to answer questions about how anticipated changes in precipitation and drought will affect species composition and carbon storage in central MN.  This is a great opportunity to work in a collaborative working environment at the forefront of climate change science, ecology, and computer science.  The individual will work on a USDA-funded project which focuses on the long-term sustainability of forest resources in central Minnesota given concerns about disturbances (like fire and insects) and climate change. 

The chosen candidate will collaborate with Drs. Scheller and Lucash at Portland State University (PSU) but will also work closely with US Forest Service scientists in WI and forest managers in MN and WI. 

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a BS in forest ecology, ecology, forest management or a related field.  The candidate should possess excellent communications skills and have a strong interest in working with a team of scientists.  Demonstrated experience working with forest landscape models is desirable.  Departmental qualifications must also be met, so potential students should look at the application guidelines for the graduate program at PSU (

The position comes with a generous stipend and tuition remission and is available in the fall of 2013 for a period of 2 years.  Applications will be accepted until January 1st, but preference will be given to those received before December 1st.

 To Apply
Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest describing your experience and qualifications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Melissa Lucash at [lucash AT].  If selected, the student will also need to apply to the graduate program at PSU for admission.  The candidate will be joining an exciting lab (
and department ( with numerous opportunities to enhance their career by working with ecologists and other computer scientists.

Melissa Lucash,
Nov 1, 2012, 1:33 PM