Graduate position: UPennsylvania.MacroevolutionFishesPaleo

PhD Fellowship in Macroevolution/Paleobiology/Fishes at the University
of Pennsylvania

A PhD fellowship in Paleobiology is available in the Department of
Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania,
starting in Fall 2018. Prof. Lauren Sallan seeks a graduate student to
address major questions about evolution using the fossil record. These
include: how global change has affected life over time, how life
evolves at high levels (macroevolution), how ecology shapes evolution
long-term, the relationships of living and dead animals (phylogeny),
and the origins of living biodiversity. While research in the lab has
focused on fishes, any suitable group of fossils may be used.
Potential thesis topics include, but are not limited to: the long-term
effects of mass extinctions (e.g. the end-Devonian and end-Ordovician),
the roles of predation and competition in marine ecosystem evolution,
ecological characteristics of evolutionary radiations past and present,
the effects of long-term climate and environmental changes (e.g. the
Late Paleozoic Ice Age) on biodiversity, and major transitions in early
vertebrate evolution (e.g. origin of jaws, invasion of land). The
student can also develop a novel project that addresses similar
questions using quantitative, phylogenetic and/or descriptive methods.

This is fully-funded fellowship with stipend and tuition support
guaranteed for the length of the PhD. Applicants are encouraged to
contact Prof. Sallan ( for more details. Additional
information on the fellowship is available on the departmental
website: Applications for entry in Fall 2018
are due January 15, 2018, with interviews in February. Applications to
graduate school at Penn must be submitted online

Lauren Sallan
-Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies
Earth and Environmental Science
University of Pennsylvania
-2017 TED Fellow
Office: Hayden Hall 162
Phone: (215) 898-5650

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