Post-doc opportunity in the Integrated Forest Decisions Lab

We’re currently looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a passion for forest conservation and management, an interest in exploring themes in cumulative threat mapping and conservation and development planning. We envisage the fellow working on these issues in the Boreal forest or elsewhere in British Columbia, though we’re open to exploring the unique interests of candidates. The position is part of a collaboration between the IFD lab at the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Queensland, and the fellow will be expected to move between the two locations. The remuneration package will be in the range $79,170 – $84,985 p.a. plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $92,629 – $99,433 p.a.).

Applications close May 1st 2016. Apply by May 1st 2016

Graduate Student opportunity

We currently have funding available for one graduate student (MSc or PhD) to join the IFD lab. We’re open to exploring the research ideas of passionate students. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills, an interest in forest management issues in BC or the Boreal and experience publishing peer-reviewed papers.

Paid summer research assistant

The position:

We are looking for a motivated research assistant to help compile data for a meta-analysis of the literature exploring the carbon implications of silviculture practices. The job is desk-based, and entails reviewing scientific articles in detail to extract data on carbon sequestration findings. It is anticipated that the data collected will form the basis for a peer-reviewed journal article, on which the RA will be offered co-authorship or the opportunity to first author. The ideal candidate will be a 3rd year forestry student looking for research experience with the potential to later have it roll into an honours project, or a student looking to build on past research experience and secure a peer-reviewed publication.


There is increasing interest in protecting forests from timber extraction as a means of avoiding emissions and increasing forest carbon stores.  Yet recent analyses have shown that timber extraction can actually lead to greater carbon sequestration overall, when carbon stored in timber products and the displacement of carbon intensive materials such as cement are factored in. While there has been a good amount of work in this area, there still isn’t a clear picture under what conditions forestry outperforms forest protection as a means of sequestering carbon and mitigating climate change. A timely opportunity exists to survey the available literature to extract data on the relative carbon implications for forestry.
Salary:           $5850 for 30 hrs per week over 13 weeks ($15 per hr)

To apply:      Applications close April 30th 2016.


Associate Professor Che Elkin (che dot elkin at unbc dot ca)

Associate Professor Oscar Venter (oscar dot venter at unbc dot ca)