PhD opportunity at Oregon State University - wildfire, hydrology, soils, vegetation
Oregon State University, Oregon, United States
Start reviewing process: 31 October 2021

The Forest Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab ( is keen to hire a motivated PhD student to join our research group at Oregon State University starting in Summer or Fall 2022. The individual will collaborate on a research project to quantify the effects of wildfire and the efficacy of post-fire land management practices at mitigating effects on runoff and erosion, soil nutrient availability, and vegetation recovery. Outcomes from this research will be critical to inform post-fire land management strategies to expedite recovery of soil health and promote resilient forests. Students could pursue their degree either through the Sustainable Forest Management Program ( or the Water Resources Graduate Program (


  • MS (preferred) and BS in Forest Science, Natural Resource Sciences, Geoscience, or related discipline;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • field research experience;
  • analytical experience with R, Matlab, Python, QGIS, ArcGIS, or similar;
  • desire to integrate knowledge across disciplines;
  • a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity

We, in the Bladon FEWS Lab, are strongly committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. As such, we encourage potential candidates with differing backgrounds, perspectives, and talents to apply.

Interested applicants should please contact me with a cover letter identifying your research interest, a CV, and a writing sample.


Kevin D. Bladon, PhD (he/him/his)
Associate Department Head - Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management
Associate Professor - Forest Ecohydrology and Watershed Science
244 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)
College of Forestry
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, USA 97331

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group