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Shawn successfully defended his Ph.D.!

Solomon has been awarded NSF funding to study glacial refugia

Currently accepting applications for an MS position

Dobrowski (2011) and Crimmins et al. (2011) were selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology and Crimmins et al. (2011) was featured in Nature Climate Change.

Our paper on plant species' elevation shifts was published in the January 21 issue of Science. News coverage is listed here.

Modeling Glacial Refugia for Trees in the Pacific Northwest

MS Opportunity

One graduate student position (M.S.) will be available beginning in summer 2012 as part of a collaborative National Science Foundation-funded research project examining paleoecological, climatic, and genetic evidence for putative glacial refugia in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. The graduate student will develop and implement methods for modeling tree species distributions using downscaled paleoclimatic data for the region.  The graduate student will have the opportunity to develop their own research goals within the larger context of this project. Applicants should have a degree in ecology, climate science, forestry, computer science, or related field and have demonstrated creativity, motivation, and independence in their previous work.  Previous research experience, programming skills (e.g. R or Python), raster analysis skills, and statistical modeling skills are preferred qualifications.

Prospective students should review my website and should email their CV, GPA, GRE scores, copy of transcripts, and a short summary of their research interests to me at before applying to the program.

The University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the nation’s premier natural resource institutions. College faculty conduct ground-breaking basic and applied research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines. The City of Missoula (population %7e80,000) is regularly featured as one of the most livable cities in the United States.

Details about the College of Forestry and Conservation and application requirements can be found here: