MS Opportunity in Fire Ecology and Ecological Restoration

MS Opportunity in Fire Ecology and Ecological Restoration

Position: MS Opportunity in Fire Ecology and Ecological Restoration
Entity: University of Florida, West Florida Research and Education Center
Location: Milton, FL
Salary: $25,000 plus tuition waiver
Deadline: July 15, 2024


“This position focuses on assessing the impacts of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), an invasive perennial grass, on longleaf pine regeneration and fire-induced mortality. The student will lead field experiments to study the interactive effects of prescribed burning in different seasons and cogongrass herbicide treatments on various factors such as fire behavior, forest plant communities, arthropod and pollinator abundance, and soil microbial communities. Responsibilities include leading field work, conducting quantitative statistical analyses, presenting findings at scientific conferences, completing coursework, and publishing research in peer-reviewed journals. The student will collaborate with students and scientists from the University of Florida and USDA scientists in Montana as part of a national team.

– BS in ecology or a related field
– Valid driver’s license
– Experience with plant identification, R, and field work
– Strong writing, communication, leadership, and organization skills
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter explaining your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree and why the Wonkka Lab is the right fit for you, along with a CV, unofficial transcript, and two references. Combine all documents into a single PDF file named “[your last name]_MS cogongrass.pdf” and email it to Carissa Wonkka at”

For more information: Contact Carissa Wonkka at