Graduate Position: Sexual Selection at the University of Florida

I am looking to recruit a graduate student for Fall 2018 to study the evolutionary interplay of behavior and morphology in the context of sexual selection.

Research in my lab focuses on sexual selection in insects, examining the importance of nutritional and social environments both for the expression of sexually-selected traits and for the process of selection itself. We primarily work on leaf-footed bugs, Family Coreidae. These insects wrestle with their hind legs over territories and have an amazing diversity of hind leg shapes. Ongoing projects in the lab include studies of trade-offs between weapons and testes; the effect of nutrition and social environments on weapon structure, testes size, and male fighting behavior; and the factors influencing mate choice. We are currently reconstructing a phylogeny of the group to test hypotheses of weapon shape evolution.

The successful applicant for this position can choose to work locally in Florida or pursue international field work, at a location such as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prospective students are encouraged to email Christine W. Miller at by November 8th (later inquiries might also be considered). Include in your email a statement including:

1) the kinds of research questions that you would like to pursue, 2) how these fit in with current lab research,

3) a brief overview of your previous academic and research experiences,

4) CV or resume, 5) GRE scores (if you have them), and 6) an unofficial transcript.

Accepted students will be provided a tuition waiver and a competitive stipend. For more information please visit

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Christine W. MillerĀ  | University of Florida Associate Professor of Entomology Entomology & Nematology Department

phone: (352) 273-3917 web: www.MillerLab.netĀ  facebook: @bugweapons