Fully Funded PhD to Study Fire Ecology of Oak and Pine Forests at Auburn University

Fully Funded PhD to Study Fire Ecology of Oak and Pine Forests at Auburn University

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  • PhD Position Available to Study Fire Ecology of Oak and Pine Forests

A fully funded PhD position is available starting in spring 2023 with Dr. Heather Alexander in the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama, USA) to study fire ecology of upland oak and pine forests.

The student’s research will examine how changing fire regimes impact forest composition and structure, regeneration of desired species, and consequences for forest restoration and carbon sequestration at a variety of sites across the southeastern U.S., including Ft. Benning.

The student will interact with faculty in the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment, private landowners, and state/federal agency personnel.

In addition to developing and executing dissertation research, the student will be expected to

  • act as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in Forest Ecology and Forest Fire Management
  • assist other collaborating researchers and lab members with their projects, and
  • contribute to college and university service.


  • A cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience;
  • A resume/CV;
  • Unofficial transcripts; and
  • Contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Details on the full application process to the Auburn Graduate School can be found at HERE


Financial support is available annually based on performance for at least 3 years, starting in January 2023, and includes a stipend ($22,000/year) and tuition waiver.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


If interested, email to Dr. Heather Alexander (heather.alexander@auburn.edu)

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