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Opportunity for MS degree focusi
Opportunity for MS degree focusing on forest science and information management with the Andrews Forest LTER
The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site has funding for a student to pursue a Master’s Degree focusing on Information Management in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department, starting by Fall 2016. The ideal student would have a mix of interests in ecology, natural resources and computer science and be interested in using tools such as MatLab, Python, R, SQL Server and other SQL solutions. The Thesis project would involve analysis, modelling, or visualization of a long term dataset to address an ecological question. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone wanting to learn how to evaluate and manage extensive long-term, short-term, and streaming data and to work with scientists and researchers from a variety of disciplines. For more information, please contact Mark Schulze, Andrews Forest Director (mark.schulze@oregonstate.edu) or Sherri Johnson, USFS Team Lead, Andrews Experimental Forest (sherrijohnson@fs.fed.us).
Researchers collect data on plant phenology and insects. by Lina DiGregorio

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Understanding the Upper Extent of Fish streams

We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2016 to understand physical and biological factors that influence the end of fish distributions at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This research will contribute to a broader project aimed at understanding distribution boundaries at the upper extent of fish across the cascades because fish-bearing streams in the Pacific Northwest receive greater protection from timber harvest than upper portions of streams without fish.

The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon); travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest). The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The 10-week program will fit student on either the quarter or semester systems. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs and a team of students working on the project. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience working with fish or other biota is a plus. A general understanding of stream ecology is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2016. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Brooke Penaluna (bepenaluna@fs.fed.us). Review of applications will start Feb. 29, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.