Funded M.S. opportunity in human dimensions and landscape ecology of forest management…
I seek an individual interested in pursuing a Masters of Science degree in partnership with an interdisciplinary project focused on forest management and landowner decision-making. There is some flexibility in the specific thesis topic direction, which will be determined based on the interests of the selected applicant. Potential examples may include decision-making by various forest management stakeholder groups (e.g., forestland and small woodlot owners; tree wardens; public vs. private vs. non-profit land managers), community outreach, or application of existing spatial social science and land cover data to decision-support tools and forest management policy. The assistantship is available through the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment at University of Connecticut. Start date is August 2019.
Applicants should have: 1) a background in natural resources, forest management, human dimensions of natural resources, and/or landscape ecology, 2) interest in applied research focused on the integration of human dimensions of natural resources data within an interdisciplinary landscape context, and 3) the ability to work both independently and as part of a research team. The student will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantship, as appropriate. A working knowledge of GIS is preferred but not essential.
Interested students are encouraged to send: 1) a cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a Masters degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores directly to me (Anita Morzillo; anita.morzillo) as a single *.pdf document.
Unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact. GRE scores must be less than five years old, and are required for acceptance into the program. Potential students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 in the last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours of their Bachelors program. Do not submit materials to the UConn Graduate School at this time.
Application review will begin 15 April (2019), and continue until a candidate is selected.
Interested individuals may learn more about my research program at http://anitamorzillo.weebly.com/
Further information about the UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment may be found at http://www.nrme.uconn.edu/