As such, we are committed to working with our clients to understand their needs and provide a successful, fun and productive IJL Dating Experience.The It's Just Lunch team is dedicated to you, and this is our commitment to our clients: We will be measured both personally and professionally by our dedication to providing each and every one of our clients with the best matchmaking service possible!My main areas of research interest include applied forest ecology and silviculture, comparative ecology and ecophysiology of trees, forest canopy biology; ecological aspects of global environmental change, and tropical forests. Forest diversity and dynamism: findings from a large-scale plot network. It is also home to host of organisms found nowhere else, including the okapi and the owl-faced monkey, and home as well to one of only two large-scale mapped forest plot projects in Africa. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 1375-1397Makana, J.-R., and S. Thomas (2005) Effects of light-gaps and litter removal on seedling performance in six African timber tree species. Oikos 106: 67-72The small island-nation of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), is the only Caribbean island to have avoided both colonization and deforestation; it is now, justifiably, referred to as the “nature island of the Caribbean”.The following topics are planned as the main focus of research in my lab over the next 4-5 years: Special consideration will be given to students with prior experience closely related to these projects and/or methods used; prior natural history background, especially related to work in tropical sites, is also an important factor. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A project is currently in the planning stages that focuses on forest dynamics in relation to conservation of Dominica’s two endemic parrot species, the Sisserou (pictured), and Jaco.We are currently exploring many aspects and applications of biochar, including its use for remediation of contaminated substrates such as mine tailings, its use as a soil amendment in N-saturated forest ecosystems, and biochar from the perspective of emulating natural fire disturbance (“fire without the burning”).
Recent research has taken a turn to the “dark side” of forest ecology – namely biochar (or charcoal used as soil amendment).In order to be competitive for admission and financial support you will need to present very strong academic credentials. Thomas (2003) Resprouting of woody saplings following stem snap by wild pigs in a Malaysian rain forest.A good match with a potential graduate advisor is also critical. Journal of Ecology 91: 222-233The Ituri Forest, located in the exact geographic center of Africa, is one of the world’s great remaining areas of primary tropical rain forest. Thomas (2006) Impacts of selective logging and forest clearing on timber tree regeneration, forest structure and floristic composition in the Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo. Thomas (2004) Dispersal limits natural recruitment of African mahoganies.The forest is regarded as a leader in “ecological” forest management, and most forest revenue presently comes from eco-tourism rather than logging. Scientific infrastructure at the site includes a permanent field camp with housing for 10-12 researchers (on our own small lake! Thomas (2007) Leaf-level acclimation to gap creation in mature trees. Sean Thomas (Ph D Harvard, 1993) is the lab Principle Investigator, and has been preoccupied with the comparative biology of trees and forest responses to the intentional and accidental impacts of humans for some 25 years.Sean is currently appointed as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in .All couples have to do is show up." We treat you as a person, not a website profile.It's Just Lunch recognizes that each of our clients is unique, and that their attributes, experiences and life goals shape the type of relationship they are looking for.If you think that I would be a good match as a prospective advisor, I will need to evaluate your background and prior work more carefully. The four field sites listed above have been (and/or are anticipated to be) the main focus for work in the lab.What I specifically would need from you is: (1) a note explaining your interests and prospective thesis topic, how this would fit with what the direction of research in my lab (as outline above), and what skills and background you would bring to this effort; (2) a resume and copy of transcripts (or list of prior coursework with marks); (3) a copy of a paper you have written that represents what you consider to be your best scientific work to date. However, students have worked in wide variety of field sites, and we have well-developed relationships with research groups and research stations at a number of locations.