The University of Missouri is seeking a MS student to conduct research and gain training in the ecology of woodland silvopasture transitions. Using principles of oak savanna restoration and forest management, this ongoing work looks at evaluating different management practices during transition to improve woodland health, establishment of forages, and grazing capabilities on degraded oak woodlands. The successful candidate will have an interest/background in any of the following: forest ecology, fire ecology, forage production, or livestock management. Other related areas of interest could be impacts on wildlife, entomology, carbon/soil dynamics, and animal health. More broadly, they should have a desire to explore agroforestry practices as a sustainable strategy for food system transition. Start date is negotiable, but ideally will be available to begin field work at the beginning of the summer semester (May).
Graduate Research Assistantship, health insurance and tuition remission are offered. Must be able to traverse rugged terrain to conduct field work and be able to legally drive in the state of Missouri (or are able to become licensed).
If interested, please send a consideration packet to firstname.lastname@example.org consisting of a brief cover letter describing higher education interests, goals and relevant experiences, and a résumé or CV by January 30th, 2023. Applicants will still need to successfully be admitted to the MU Graduate School.