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FEREL Opportunities

Graduate student opportunity in Forest Ecology with the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University

We are seeking MS- or PhD-level graduate students to conduct field-based research on the compositional and structural dynamics of temperate forest ecosystems. Funding is anticipated for a new research project with the overall goal of quantifying and modeling forest change in southeastern Ohio and the adjoining region. For specific information about our research program please visit:

The first position will need either a master’s or doctoral appointment depending on the abilities and experience of the candidate. Financial support during their graduate program may be a combination of teaching and research assistantships; fellowship support may be possible for outstanding applicants (see web site below for required qualifications). Applicants with expertise and backgrounds in forest ecology and plant identification are highly preferred. Information about the Environment & Natural Resources Graduate Program is available at:

If you are interested and qualified, please send your resume and specific information explaining your educational background, field skills, and professional experiences that would be relevant to the academic areas of forest ecology, dendrology, and silviculture to David Hix at

David M. Hix
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University 
2021 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH  43210-1085

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Information for Potential Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers:

We welcome the opportunity to speak with highly motivated, enthusiastic, and curious individuals that are interested in graduate education in the Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology Lab. The lab's research interests span a variety of disciplines, including forestry, community and ecosystem ecology, geomorphology, and invasive species. Students wishing to pursue advanced degrees (MS or PhD) can do so in either the School of Environment & Natural Resources (SENR) or the Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP). Our basic policy is to only accept students and post-docs whose research and tuition can be supported financially. This funding can come from one of our extramurally funded projects, fellowships, or other outside sources. Current funding opportunities for graduate students and post-docs are listed above. If none are available at this time, you still may be able to join FEREL if you have secured outside funding.

If you are interested in joining our lab, please send a resume or CV, a short statement of how your interests align with our lab's research (no more than a single page), an unofficial transcript, and GRE scores. For information about working in our lab and the various graduate programs, feel free to contact any of the current FEREL researchers.