We are seeking a PhD student interested in forest resource analysis and management planning to work on a project investigating and developing novel resource and planning models. The successful candidate will join a team at the University of New Brunswick and Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service who are developing a long-term strategic-level forest management plan for a military base. The plan will accommodate military training needs, fire risk, environmental compliance (e.g. Species At Risk), and other values such carbon storage, while considering the effects of climate change. The PhD student will build, develop, and evaluate forest projection models that integrate succession, climate change, and silviculture to predict future forest condition. The project will provide the opportunity to explore and research novel analytical methods of land inventory analysis, spatial simulation modeling, optimization, and trade-off analysis for a wide-range of objectives and indicators. Specific outcomes and research direction will be driven largely by student interest providing the opportunity to make advances in both theoretical and/or applied research. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their own research questions related to forest management and planning that can be addressed in a modelling/simulation framework and/or with targeted field experiments. Results from this work will be used to inform land management locally, and to inform a national strategy for land management on military bases.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Anthony Taylor ([email protected]) or Dr. Chris Edge ([email protected] rncan.gc.ca) to discuss the position.
Official applications are accepted through the Government of Canada Job Portal (https: // emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs- srfp/applicant/page1800?toggleLanguage=en&poster=1975489).
Application deadline 11 June 2023
We offer competitive compensation equivalent to NSERC PGSD ($21,000) plus tuition costs (~$10,000).