MS/PhD student opening (population ecology), University of Virginia

I anticipate having an opening in my lab for a new MS or PhD student (PhD preferred) starting in the Fall of 2018.

Major areas of research in my lab ( are understanding 1) the causes of spatial and temporal variation in forest insect outbreaks, 2) factors leading to geographic variation in rates of invasive spread by forest pests, and 3) effects of light pollution on ecological processes from the population to ecosystem level. Work in my lab often includes a combination of analysis of spatial datasets, field observations and experiments, and/or computer modeling.

Applicants primarily interested in conducting research on spatial population dynamics (for example, see areas 1 and 2 above) are preferred. Applicants interested in learning (or who have prior experience with) remote sensing, GIS, statistics, and/or writing computer code are also preferred.

Funding for the position would most likely come from a research assistantship funded by Blandy Experimental Farm as well as a half-time teaching assistantship from the Department of Environmental Sciences. However, exceptional applicants are considered for departmental fellowships or other fellowships available to those applying for graduate positions at UVA.

During summer semesters, the student would be based at Blandy Experimental Farm, a field station for environmental research and education located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

To inquire about the position, send a statement of your interests and a CV to

Kyle Haynes

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Associate Director, Blandy Experimental Farm

University of Virginia