Research Assistant opportunity on a DBS-NParks collaboration: Improving the Conservation Planting of Native Species at Reforestation Sites
Singapore has had a long history of reforestation and related activities (enrichment of low-diversity forests, repair and enhancement of forest margins etc.) using native woody species, largely within the Nature Reserves and Nature Areas. Although a great deal of practical experience has been acquired during these activities, very little has been published, making it difficult for other people ― both within Singapore and overseas ― to learn from this experience.
Singapore’s National Parks Board has asked the National University of Singapore (Profs Richard Corlett & Hugh Tan) to undertake a study on this topic. We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant to join the research team. The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract with a salary scale commensurate with experience and qualifications to be determined by the NUS Administration
- Carry out a retrospective field-based assessment of all well-documented past activities involving non-urban planting of native woody species in Singapore in order to identify, communicate and archive the major lessons that can be learned.
- Assess the survival, growth and competitive ability of the planted species in the field in relation to environmental variables (past land-use, soil, vegetation, canopy closure etc.) and compare the effectiveness of different nursery, planting, and post-planting management techniques that have been used.
- Analysis and reporting of scientific data.
- Administrative support for the project.
Candidates should possess:
- BSc, BSc (Hons), or MSc degree in biology, botany, ecology, forestry or a related subject
- a passion for ecological research
- an interest in plants and, preferably, some field experience in SE Asian forests.
- A valid driving license would also be useful
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV to Prof. Richard Corlett at firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 15th Apr 2011, but we may make a decision earlier.