PhD in community ecology

PhD fellowship in Community/Population Ecology I am looking for highly motivated graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2018 in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community. Our research examines the ecological factors that generate and determine the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural communities. Current projects focus on the consequences of climate change and phenological shifts on natural communities, ecology and evolution of multi-parasite communities, the role of intra-specific variation in natural ecosystems, temporal and spatial biodiversity patterns, and the ecology and evolution of cannibalism. While most of our work has been carried out in aquatic (freshwater) systems using organisms that range from stream salamanders to dragonfly larvae to zooplankton I am amenable to students developing projects in other study systems. For further information in my research visit

Please see our departmental website for more information about the Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, our research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in a variety of research areas ranging from the ecology and evolution of interspecific interactions, tropical & conservation biology, invasive species, and forest community dynamics to genomics, speciation, and the evolution of sociality. Formal application materials for graduate school can be submitted using the above website. Interested students should send me an email and attach a copy of their CV. Volker Rudolf Assistant Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Rice University Houston, TX, 77005