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The Abrams Lab at the University of Georgia is part of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. We welcome new opportunities to collaborate, new innovative research ideas, and new graduate students with interests in the social and political dimensions of sustainable resource management.

 

**Recruitment Notice**

M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Forestry and Natural Resources, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

Dr. Jesse Abrams at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a prospective Master of Science student with interests in the science-policy interface to begin in the Fall 2020 semester. One fully funded (two year) assistantship is available to conduct research on the governance of National Environmental Research Parks. Under the guidance of Dr. Abrams, the student will conduct case studies on seven National Environmental Research Parks located on U.S. Department of Energy sites nationwide. The research is intended to better understand the means by which these Parks are funded and governed, trends in their research productivity, and the evolution of policy influences on their operations.

The ideal student will have interests in the science-policy interface, prior coursework in natural resource policy, strong analytic and writing skills, and the ability to work independently. Note that the selected student will be required to complete a thorough background check to be allowed access to Department of Energy facilities. Extensive summer travel will be required to complete case-study fieldwork.

The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution in Athens, GA comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Enrollment is nearly 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 300 square mile Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC (srel.uga.edu). With a staff of over 140 faculty members, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research, training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its 65+ year history, SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

The Warnell School is a professional school with 64 faculty, 100 support staff, 350 undergraduates, and 195 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school has 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching, outreach and research.

For more information on this opportunity, contact Dr. Abrams before November 1, 2019 at jesse.abrams@uga.edu.

 

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