Graduate Research Opportunities

The cooperative actively supports master’s and doctoral level research in silviculture, forest modeling, biometrics, and related areas.  To learn about topics and expertise of current interest to the cooperative, email David Affleck with information regarding your background and your research and professional interests.

All interested applicants should also review CFC's graduate programs and standards.


Masters or PhD opportunity in forest modelling

A graduate research assistantship (MS or PhD) in forest dynamics and modeling is available within the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. We seek a motivated and independent individual to design and conduct research on the long-term response of montane coniferous forests to early-stand density control, including characterization of forest growth responses and associated impacts on insect and disease dynamics. The research will capitalize on a large network of field experiments replicated across National Forest system lands in Montana and Idaho, and will contribute to an improved understanding of how to sustainably manage forests for fire hazard mitigation, wood products, and forest carbon sequestration. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr David Affleck and USDA Forest Service staff, as well as with a network of researchers and technical staff affiliated with the Inland Northwest Growth & Yield Cooperative.


Seeking an applicant to begin summer (preferred) or fall 2020. The successful candidate will receive tuition waivers and stipends for 2 (for MS) or 4 (for PhD) years through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.


Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, or a related field. Background in field work or field research is required; interest in biometrics or quantitative silviculture preferred.


Please email the following materials in a single PDF file to Dr. David Affleck (

  1. letter addressing interest in the project and highlighting relevant experience
  2. a CV/resume
  3. contact information for three references; and
  4. unofficial transcripts. 

Closing Date

Evaluation of applications will begin 20 January 2020 and continue until the position is filled.


Please address any questions to Dr. David Affleck (