M.S. Assistantship in Tree Ecophysiology

University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Job Type Student / postdoc

M.S. Assistantship in Tree Ecophysiology with Dr. Erin Wiley, Department of Biology, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR.

I am seeking interested applicants for a Graduate Assistantship starting in August 2019 to study carbohydrate storage dynamics in trees.  Carbohydrate storage provides a source of carbon and energy that can be remobilized for use when photosynthesis does not meet a tree’s current demands; it can therefore play an important role in tree survival.  Research in my lab seeks to understand how stress and disturbance affect carbohydrate storage, how carbohydrate storage differs between species, and what the consequences of these effects/differences are on tree growth and stress tolerance.  We are also interested in understanding under what conditions carbohydrate shortage plays a role in tree mortality. 

In my lab, you will gain experience with a variety of ecophysiological tools and measurements, as well as chemical analyses in the lab.  Depending on your interests, research opportunities may involve greenhouse and growth chamber studies, as well as fieldwork.  Arkansas has a wide diversity of tree species and forest ecosystems, making it an exciting and interesting place to do research in tree biology.

As a masters student in the Biology program at UCA, you will receive a stipend of ~ $9,000/year from a teaching assistantship (fall and spring terms) as well as a full tuition waiver (in-state and out-of-state).  More information about the M.S. program can be found here:

Qualifications: B.S. in Biology, Forestry, Environmental Science, or related field. Some previous experience doing lab or fieldwork is preferred, but not required.


If interested, please email me ( a short statement of interest (i.e. why you are interested in the position, any relevant experience), a resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references.  Use the subject line “GA Position (your last name)”.  Applications will be considered through January 27, 2019 or until the position is filled (the deadline for applying to the graduate program is March 1st).

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