A MSc position is available in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta to study Adaptive traits related to growth performance in hybrid poplar clones.
Poplars are common in many North American forest types. Populus species and their hybrids have been planted for wood and fiber production, as well as for emerging applications such as biomass and biofuel production, and phytoremediation. In Canada, much fundamental and applied research has focused on poplar biology. Populus is also the forest tree of choice for genomics.
In this particular project, we are studying differences in growth of various inter-specific poplar hybrids. Trees will be planted outside in 2013, and growth patterns will be linked with differences in allocation of biomass to roots versus leaves, wood anatomy, and other potentially adaptive traits.
NSERC funding is available; a Standard Graduate Stipend can be offered.
Start date: 01 September 2013 or 01 January 2014.
Applicants should be interested in plant physiology, ecology, forestry and/or wood science. Excellent English skills and a valid driver’s license will be required. The applicant must meet the entrance requirement for the University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources (http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/GraduateProgram/MScProgram.aspx).
To apply or to inquire about the position, email Dr. Uwe Hacke. Send a CV, contact information of two academic referees, and a statement of interest.