PhD opportunity- animal physiology and community ecology

We are seeking a PhD student to conduct a study testing how changes in

animal physiology and foraging behavior feedback to affect plant community

assembly and diversity. The research will focus on kangaroo rats and their

grassland communities in New Mexico, and will include the use of digital

telemetry, stable isotopes, and endocrine stress physiology. The student

will work with both Dr. Robin Warne and Dr. Justin Boyles in the Zoology

Department at Southern Illinois University.=20

An M.S. degree or comparable experience in either physiological, behavioral,

or community ecology research of small rodents is highly preferred.

Technical skills with either coding (for analysis of telemetry data) or lab

analyses (for endocrine assays and stable isotope analysis) are useful, but

not required.=20

Our labs are highly research active, and we collectively maintain a strong

and diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate researchers. More

information can be found at and For inquiries or to apply, please send a cover

letter and CV to Dr. Robin Warne (

About SIU, Carbondale, and the Region:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a high research activity

university. The Department of Zoology has 20 full-time faculty members and

includes the Wildlife and Fisheries labs, as well as the Center for Ecology.=20=20=20

Carbondale is a mid-sized, affordable, diverse, and culturally rich

university town. Southern Illinois is a beautiful landscape that includes

the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and hardwood forests of

the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, as well

as numerous state parks, natural areas, and many lakes that are all

accessible to the public.