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Fully funded MSc project for pre-European settlement forest inventory: Dept of Geography, Planning and Environment Concordia University, Montreal

LEFT: A view of the Swift River Valley in Massachusetts in 1890 shows extensive forest clearing. RIGHT: The same view today shows how this cleared area has naturally reforested. 
Harvard Forest Archive/David Foster

Concordia is looking for a highly motivated and research driven student with background in forestry, ecology, environmental geography or a related field for a MSc project. The project will be to compile a pre-European settlement forest inventory for New Brunswick using initial land surveys and compare it to modern forestry inventories. The goal of the project is to add to our understanding of the pre-Contact old-growth Acadian forest. This project is an extension of the larger international project PalEON. Travel to the New Brunswick Provincial Archives in Fredericton is fully supported. The two-year MSc project is fully funded and is based at Concordia University. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. J.M. St-Jacques and will have the possibility to work with Prof. Dominique Arseneault (Université du Québec à Rimouski) and US experts in the field.  

Needed skills: GIS skills are required. Statistical skills would be an asset, but training is provided. Good English skills are a must for this project. French is desired but not required. Patience and diligence are required to work with archival records. 

Starting date: Starting in fall 2021 is still possible, or alternatively May 2022 or fall 2022.  

Please contact Prof Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques for further information: jeanninemarie.st-jacques@concordia.ca. Please include unofficial transcripts, a CV and contact information for two references. 

Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible.  
Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques, PhD
Associate Professor 
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
H1255-45 Henry Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3G 1M8

lab web page: https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/geography-planning-environment/research/labs/chapel.html

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