Theoretical Ecology PhD Student Opportunity

The lab of Allison Shaw ( in the Department of

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota is

recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2018. Research in our lab uses

mathematical models to understand the ultimate factors that drive

long-distance movement (migration, dispersal) as well as the

consequences of movement for population viability, spread, and

interspecific interactions.

The specific research topic is flexible but could include developing

theory to understand how migration or dispersal can interact with

climate change, parasites, and infectious diseases. See the lab webpage

( for details on current research projects.

Interested applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing their

research interests, mathematical background, and training, and (2) a CV

(with GPA and GRE scores) to Dr. Allison Shaw ( Questions

and possible projects can also be discussed over email as well. Students

with prior research experience, and with exposure to mathematical

modeling (through coursework or research) are particularly encouraged.

Formal applications should be submitted to the Ecology, Evolution and

Behavior (EEB) Graduate Program


by December 1, 2017. Interested applicants should also consider applying

for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF.

The EEB graduate program is a richly collaborative community that

includes students with theoretical and empirical interests, spanning

organismal to ecosystem scales. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

is located in the center of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area

with a wide variety of cultural attractions. The campus is also home to

a diverse set of researchers ( and

resources in the mathematical and biological sciences. These include the

Bell Museum of Natural History

(, the Minnesota

Supercomputing Institute (, and the Institute

on the Environment (