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A Message to Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society does not have a large undergraduate program and therefore Teaching Assistantships are limited. As a result, my capacity to take on new grad students is usually contingent on new grant funding. New positions that are specific to these grants will be posted below. If you currently have your own graduate funding (e.g., NSERC, NSF) and would like to work in my lab, please contact me directly.

Postdoctoral Scholar – Biodiversity Impacts of Intensive Forest Management

We seek a postdoctoral scholar to assist in the leadership of a long-term USDA-funded research project on tradeoffs between intensive forest management (IFM) and biodiversity. The postdoc will: (1) take the lead on a continental-scale effort to test for threshold responses by birds to increasing degrees of IFM, (2) collaborate on a continuing broad-scale experimental study on the impact of IFM on bird populations and other biodiversity components (arthropods, ungulates), (3) assist in establishing a second experimental study on the influence of cellulose-based biofuel management on terrestrial biodiversity.

Successful candidate should have a marked interest in statistical analysis of large databases to address basic and applied research questions in landscape ecology and conservation biology. In addition, some experience with fieldwork (preferably with bird demography) is essential.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in ecology or a related discipline (awarded between June 2007 and June 2012)
  2. Interest/ experience in forest management and biodiversity conservation
  3. Ability to conduct and lead ecological field research, preferably on a variety of taxa including birds
  4. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial analysis
  5. Experience with Access or other database management
  6. Ability to work collaboratively with other scientists across North America
  7. Demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with relatively complex statistical modeling, particularly hierarchical models
  2. Experience with population viability modeling

The position (1.0 FTE, salary $42-48 K/year with health care benefits) is currently funded for 2 years, with a strong possibility of renewal. The target starting time is Oct. 2012 and requires at least a one-year commitment.

To apply, please send by email (1) a C.V., (2) cover letter, (3) reprints of your relevant articles, (4) the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Matthew Betts, Oregon State University. The position will be based in the Betts Lab ( at Oregon State University (OSU). Founded in 1868, OSU is one of only two American universities designated as a Land-, Sea-, Sun- and Space-Grant designations and is the only one in Oregon recognized for its “very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 53,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges, and the urban amenities of the Portland metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis.

Masters in Landscape Pollination Biology We are currently seeking a Masters-level graduate student to work on an NSF-funded project 'Independent effects of tropical forest fragmentation and habitat loss on hummingbird movement and pollination dynamics' (NSF DEB-1050954). Requirements: (1) ecological field experience (preferably in ornithology or pollination), (2) ability/desire to work in difficult field conditions, (3) strong quantitative skills, (4) excellent undergraduate marks, (5) enthusiasm for scientific research, (6) Competitive GRE scores. Applicants from South and Central America will be prioritized.

This position will start July 2012.