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Position: plantation physiology in Australia

Michael Battaglia Michael.Battaglia at ffp.csiro.au
Tue Mar 16 17:27:24 EST 1999

Cooperative Research Centre for
Sustainable Production Forestry (Hobart)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Centre is a national leader in forestry research with a major emphasis
on plantations in temperate and sub-tropical Australia. The persons
appointed will work in the followings areas based at Hobart. 

1. Biomass partitioning and carbon balance (Ref No: HA 39/99)

This person will describe patterns of biomass partitioning in young stands
of plantation eucalypts, and,  working with tree growth modellers, will
develop predictive models of plantation growth and stand response to
silvicultural treatments such as fertilisation. You will destructively
sample a number of trees in each treatment to establish biomass
relationships between tree components and to develop a map of stand
nitrogen.  In addition, and where possible, you will measure above- and
below-ground carbon fluxes  so as to construct a carbon and nitrogen
balance for the trees growing under different rates of fertiliser addition.
You will use these data to test a range of current hypotheses about tree
structure and physiological function. You will require experience in the
field assessment of carbon fluxes in trees and you should have a sound
knowledge of theories of tree form and function.  Experience and knowledge
of soil science and nutrient analysis will be an advantage.

2. Predicting tree growth (Ref No: HA 38/99)

This person will collect information on growth and tree form and
physiological data on the distribution of photosynthetic activity and light
interception within the crowns of wide-spaced trees from existing
experiments and plantations of eucalypts in Western Australia and Tasmania.
Working with tree growth modelers, these data, combined with other data
sets available from thinned stands, will be used to extend an existing
growth model designed for stands with closed canopies to the prediction of
stand growth in wide-spaced plantings. An important component of the
project will be to use the photosynthetic data in conjunction with
information about the light environment to compare the accuracy and
generality of simple models of light interception with more complex models.
The project has a strong accent on the incorporation of field data into
models that can be used as research and management tools and the subsequent
communication of these models to the end-users. You should have experience
in measuring  gas exchange in the field.  Experience in incorporating plant
physiological data into growth models will be an advantage. Extended
periods of interstate fieldwork will be required.

GENERAL: For both positions you will possess a PhD in a related field. For
position 1 you will be employed by CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products
(salary range $44 147-$49 482) for a contract period of up to two years.
For position 2 you will be employed by the University of Tasmania (salary
range $42150-$45098) for a contract period of up to 26 months. Both
positions will be based in Hobart. Professional aspects of the positions
can be discussed with Dr Michael Battaglia (Tel. 062 3 6226 7912, email
michael.battaglia at ffp.csiro.au). 

APPLICATIONS: Applications must address the selection criteria for the
positions which may be obtained with the duty statement from Ms Pam
Crawford (Tel.  6203 62262013 or  62 3 63243587 or fax 62 3 62262751.
Applications must also include a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and academic
record, and the names of at least two referees able to judge your
capabilities for the position.  Applications quoting the reference number
for the position should be received by the 12 April 1999 

Michael Battaglia
CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products and
Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Production Forestry
GPO Box 252-12 Hobart Tasmania 7001. Australia.
phone:  03 62 267912 International (061) 3 62 267912
email:   Michael.Battaglia at ffp.csiro.au

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