Multi-year fully funded PhD position with the Center for Private Forests at Penn State as part of an ongoing partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. The research project involves conducting a decennial survey of forest landowners’ to explore and document owner attitudes, motivations, and actions, to examine changes in ownership patterns (e.g., property size, held values, demographics), and to understand attitudes and actions toward forest restoration, forest management, and forest health. The start date for this position is Spring 2020.

The survey and analysis will inform landowner population understanding for the Bureau, the Center, and partners, and assist with larger engagement and education strategies to move landowner to take action to care well for their woodlands.

Funding includes a stipend for the graduate student, tuition, benefits, and funds to conduct the survey and analysis. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in the human dimensions of forest landowners, be well versed in large data statistics and GIS, and have strong writing and organizational skills. Required qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher in a graduate degree program and a master’s degree thesis, paper, or equivalent publication. Exceptional candidates at the B.S. level will also be considered.

The candidate will enroll in the graduate program of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University ( in Dr. Allyson Muth’s research group with the Center for Private Forests at Penn State (

Interested students should contact Dr. Muth directly ([email protected]) before applying to PSU. In your email please include a cover letter with a description of your research interests, a copy of your CV (including GRE scores), unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references.