Graduate School

Graduate Studies in Fire Science at University of Arizona

Applications are being accepted now for graduate assistantships (M.S. and Ph.D.) in fire science at the University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources (SNR).

Fire research in SNR includes work in a wide range of vegetation types, from desert grasslands to subalpine forests. Projects linking fire history to vegetation and climate dynamics are a central focus. General research interests in our lab include restoration of fire as a landscape process, linking fire history and fire behavior, and reconstructing spatial and temporal properties of fire regimes. Current research projects are located in the southwestern US, Great Basin, and northern Mexico. Funded projects available for student support include work in the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico and the Pinaleño Mountains of southern Arizona in fire history, fire behavior, and fire-climate relationships.

Applications should include 1) a statement of interests and goals, 2) c.v. with copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3) names and contact information for 3 references. For general admission requirements to the University. Please send applications and information requests (email preferred) to:

Don Falk

Associate Professor
School of Natural Resources
325 Biological Sciences East
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

Telephone 520 626-7201

Student Assistantships

Graduate student positions (M.S. and Ph.D.) are available beginning May-August 2009. The assistantships include tuition and a competitive stipend. Funds are also available to cover travel and field expenses.

Applicants should have a strong background in field ecology. Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in forestry, botany/plant ecology, biology, wildlife science, geography, or a related discipline. A basic familiarity with plant species identification and some prior coursework in statistics and GIS are preferred.

Potential graduate research projects include:

1. The ecological effects of invasive species
2. Demography and genetic structure of a threatened tree species in the southern Appalachian Mountains
3. The response of understory vegetation to white-tailed deer herbivory
4. Spatial structure and species interactions in old-growth forests
5. Effects of forest management on plant community structure and carbon budgets

For more information, please contact Mike Jenkins (; 765-494-3602). Additional information about West Lafayette, Purdue University, and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is available on the following web sites: and