PhD Position available in Wildfire Ecohydrology

Website McMaster University

School of Earth, Environment & Society

The McMaster Ecohydrology Lab has a fully funded PhD graduate student opening in wildfire ecohydrology with a preferred start of May or September, 2021. The aim of this NSERC/Canada Wildfire Strategic Network funded research is to develop the ‘next generation’ representation of peat and organic soils within the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) as part of a national project to update the CFFDRS. To improve peat fire danger/risk modelling and prediction efforts, the student will conduct research to establish soil ignition and flammability thresholds for a variety of peat types. The Peatland Hydrological Impacts (PHI) and Peat Smouldering and Ignition (PSI) models, developed within the McMaster Ecohydrology Lab, will also be used to examine the effects of drought and wildfire on boreal peatland ecosystem ecohydrological form and function. The student will work with other McMaster Ecohydrology Lab students and postdocs as well as with a team of top wildfire researchers within the Canada Wildfire Network.

Applicants should have strong statistics, modelling and GIS skills and a background in hydrology, fire science, and/or soil physics. Previous field research experience is an asset. While the McMaster University School of Earth, Environment & Society application deadline is in January 2021, students should contact Dr. Mike Waddington by emailing a cover letter, resume and transcript by December 1, 2020.

The McMaster Ecohydrology Lab is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome people of any ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexual orientation to reach out to us about our research and training opportunities.

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