This position will be responsible for implementing and managing a research project investigating fire effects on herbaceous regeneration, specifically focusing on how fire intensity impacts belowground clonal organs and vegetative re-growth of important grassland plants following simulated fires of different intensities and/or duration. The successful applicant will be required to work closely with the USFS-Rocky Mountain Research Station and within an interdisciplinary research group from multiple agencies (US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, USDA), universities, and NGOs. This project will involve the full research cycle including fieldwork in South Dakota and Wyoming, management of fire and heating trials in the lab, plant dissection in the lab, data analysis and publication of findings. This lab experiment complements a larger ongoing field project aiming to increase understanding of fire effects in the mixed-grass prairie and sagebrush steppe in order to provide information to stakeholders for use in their decision making. Therefore, oral and written communication of the results to a broad audience will be a focus of this project. The successful applicant will also have professional development opportunities through Colorado State University to help prepare them for their career.
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