Research Opportunities

The NSERC AWARE project is a five year research program aimed at advancing the use of remote sensing in forestry research. This collaborative effort between eight universities, seven industrial partners, and NSERC offers excellent research opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in forestry or remote sensing applications. The nation-wide scope of the AWARE project gives prospective researchers a unique opportunity to collaborate and network with leading academics and industrial partners. In addition to receiving a competitive stipend and access to top-notch computing equipment, prospective researchers will also have opportunities to travel for both field work and conferences.


Graduate Student Positions

 

TERRAIN BASED INDICATORS IN PREDICTIVE SPATIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF FOREST GROWTH AND WOOD FIBRE ATTRIBUTES

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A MESc. Student at Nipissing University will investigate the potential to derive a suite of terrain based indicators from newly acquired LiDAR data and other geospatial information at the Newfoundland core site and integrate these with existing soil and forest structure information available from the provincial growth plot network. The student will then assess the capacity of these indicators to be used as inputs into land classification schemes which can be used to produce predictive spatial representations of forest growth and wood fibre attributes.

The ideal candidate will have some background in quantitative analysis at the undergraduate level, a Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology or geography and some experience in growth and yield modelling or forest inventory.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Jeff Dech
Associate Professor
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Nipissing University
100 College Drive
North Bay, ON, Canada P1B 8L7
Tel: (705) 474-3450 x.4701
Fax: (705) 474-1947
jeffrey@nipissingu.ca


 

METHODS DEVELOPMENT FOR TERRESTRIAL LIDAR APPLIED TO FOREST INVENTORY WITH EMPHASIS ON INTEGRATING A TREE ARCHITECTURAL MODEL

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Location: Applied Geomatics Department, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Timeframe: Up to two years starting between April 2016 and September 2016

The Terrestrial LiDAR research group at the Applied Geomatics Department of the Université de Sherbrooke is seeking to hire a post-doctoral candidate. The research will be focussed on the development of methods to estimate tree and stand structural attributes from point cloud data acquired with terrestrial scanners in forested environments. These new methods will take advantage of architectural models to describe detailed branching structure and foliage distribution in trees. The candidate should have a strong background in programming and LiDAR.

Review of applications will begin on April. 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Interested parties should send their CV and two letters of reference to:

Dr. Richard Fournier
Department of Applied Geomatics (FLSH)
Université de Sherbrooke
2500 boul de l’Université, Sherbrooke (Quebec) Canada J1K 2R1
E-mail: Richard.Fournier@USherbrooke.ca
Tel.: 1-819-821-8000 ext 63209