Graduate Position: Conservation Genomics of the rare Californian endemic, Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)

An MS or PhD graduate position in conservation genomics is available to

study fine-scale population genomic structure of the rare Californian

endemic, Torrey Pine with Jill Hamilton at North Dakota State University,

Fargo, North Dakota in collaboration with Sean Hoban (The Morton Arboretum,

Lisle, IL) starting January 2017.

Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana Parry) in one of the rarest pines in the world,

restricted to two populations, a mainland grove of approximately 3400 trees

just north of San Diego and an island population of approximately 2000 trees

on Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands (nearly 300 km away). This

project will evaluate the fine-scale genomic structure of natural

populations using RAD-seq, comparing mainland and island population and

assess the status of genetic variation captured within an ex situ seed

collection. There is plenty of room to pursue particular questions of

interest depending on the interest and experience of the candidate.

This interdisciplinary research will combine genomic, spatial and

environmental datasets to ground-truth an ex situ seed collection and

investigate genetic connectivity at a fine-scale. This project will involve

substantial collaboration with tree scientists at the Morton Arboretum in

Lisle, IL (outside of Chicago) and is part of a large collaborative network

to conserve Torrey pine between the US Forest Service, National Park

Service, California State Parks, San Diego Zoo, and North Dakota State


The ideal graduate student will be independent, organized and a problem

solver. Ideally the student will have some experience in lab bench work,

molecular ecology/population genetics, and/or bioinformatics for genomic

data analyses, and be prepared to conduct some field-based research in a

collaborative environment.

For more information on the Hamilton Lab please visit the lab website at: and more information on the Department of

Biological Sciences at NDSU at Fargo

is the largest city in the northern Midwest and as the =91Gateway to the West=92

is a vibrant, growing community that has access to numerous outdoor

opportunities for all seasons. Short visits (one week to one month) will

be hosted at the Morton Arboretum ( in Lisle,

Illinios, with Dr. Sean Hoban as primary host


Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Hamilton

( Please include a brief description of your

research interests, a writing sample and a CV in your email. This position

is fully-funded and includes an annual salary, a tuition waiver and is open

to US students or international students.