The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers generous graduate research assistantships for students interested in graduate studies in applied forest ecology and forestry leading to Ph.D. or MS degrees. Louisiana has an abundance of natural resources that are found in a diversity of terrestrial and aquatic habitats ranging from coastal marshes to upland forests. These resources, combined with the subtropical climate and the geomorphology of the state, are the foundation of the unique culture of Louisiana. Creative students are needed to investigate potential threats to the maintenance of forest resources such as urban sprawl, subsidence, and climate change. Students are also needed to develop techniques for recovering special habitats associated with longleaf pine, shortleaf pine, and cypress-tupelo cover types. We seek students with interest in one or more discipline areas represented by faculty in the School, with the ultimate goal of basic or applied research that supports management and restoration of forest resources and habitats to enhance the quality of life in Louisiana.
These graduate assistantships are supported by the Lucis Wilmont Gilbert Foundation for Forestry Research. Successful applicants will have academic credentials that generally place them in the upper 5 % of applicants to the graduate program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources based on GRE scores, GPA, letters of references, and other evidence of the applicant's potential. In addition to the research assistantship, instate and out-of-state tuition is waived, and recipients will receive a scholarship to cover fees and travel support present papers or posters at scientific meetings.
For more information about research opportunities, look at our web site at http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/Research/Research.htm. For more information about Gilbert Research Assistantships contact Thomas J. Dean by email (fwdean at lsu.edu), by mail (School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803), or by phone (225-578-4216).