Post Doctoral Fellow, Appalachian Fire Ecology

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Post Doctoral Fellow, Appalachian Fire Ecology

261 Lehotsky Hall
Open Date:
Feb 18, 2019

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation (FEC) at Clemson University (CU), in collaboration with Western Carolina University (WCU), Virginia Tech (VT) and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS) is seeking to fill a Post-Doctoral Researcher position, with a specialization in fire ecology. This position is a 9-month appointment, with an anticipated starting date in summer 2019.

BACKGROUND Land managers in the southern Appalachians face many challenges, many of which are related to the degradation and homogenization of plant communities due to decades of fire exclusion. While prescribed fire research is active in the region, relatively few long-term/large scale studies have been conducted. With support from CAFMS, the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network, and the US Forest Service, WCU has accumulated perhaps the largest prescribed fire effects database in the southern Appalachians (NC, SC, TN and GA). The dataset contains pre- and post-fire vegetation and fuels from 16 burn units, some of which have been burned as many as 3 times since 2006. The primary responsibility of the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be to analyze these data to assess the effects of prescribed fire on several variables of management interest, including: overstory dynamics, mountain laurel and rhododendron mortality, tree regeneration, herbaceous layer response, and fuels. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to take the lead on synthesizing the results in a US Forest Service General Technical Report (GTR) that is geared to both land managers and scientists. Opportunities to prepare peer-reviewed manuscripts and present findings at conferences and meetings will also be available.


Applicants must have a PhD in a natural resources-related field, excellent written communication and quantitative skills, and a strong interest in fire ecology. Familiarity with southern Appalachian forest ecosystems is preferred. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To maximize opportunities for interaction and collaboration, we prefer that the Post-Doctoral Researcher be based out of CU, WCU or VT. However, exceptional candidates who wish to work remotely may also be considered.

Application Instructions:

Application deadline: To insure full consideration, applications should be submitted via Interfolio by March 18, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

Materials for application: 1. Letter of interest 2. CV 3. Contact info for 3 references 4. Unofficial transcripts

Position related questions may be directed to:

Donald Hagan, PhD Clemson University [email protected] 864-656-7333 OR

Pete Bates, PhD Western Carolina University [email protected] 828-227-3914 OR

Adam Coates, PhD Virginia Tech University [email protected] 540-231-5676




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Posted: 2/19/2019
Application Due: 7/27/2019
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