Evaluating post-harvest composition of forest stands in the context of global changes

Ph.D. thesis: A 4-year scholarship is available at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (Rimouski, Qc). The candidate must be willing to further their knowledge in forest dynamics, modelling and remote sensing. The call for candidates will be open until the position is filled.

Context: The forests of Eastern Quebec have undergone important compositional changes over the last century, mainly due to anthropic disturbances. The key to understanding these changes is to have a better knowledge of forest dynamics, and in particular post-harvest regeneration. Although there are certain tools such as the SUCCES-2009 regeneration simulator to evaluate the composition of cut blocks after harvest, there remains several unknowns to understand the links between pre-harvest compositions and post-harvest vegetation composition, in the context of global change.

Description: Under the direction of Robert Schneider, the candidate will have to develop tools to evaluate the regeneration of a cut block (quantity and spatial distribution) using biophysical data such as composition prior to harvesting and of the bordering forests, and position within the landscape. The person will also have to use remote sensing to evaluate the composition and spatial variation of the cut blocks. A 21 000 $/year scholarship is available for 4 years. The candidate will be co-directed by Emmanuel Duchateau (Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks) in collaboration with Luc Sirois (Université du Québec à Rimouski).

Qualifications :

  • M.Sc. in forest sciences, biology, or environmental sciences
  • Experience with R is a plus
  • Good writing skills, and willing to work in a French environment

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, résumé and the names and contact information of 2 references to:

Robert Schneider
Professor in forest management and silviculture
Université du Québec à Rimouski