Graduate Position: UArkansas.EvolutionAnimalBehaviour

Graduate Student Positions in Integrative Animal Behavior in the
Westerman Lab at The University of Arkansas

The Westerman Lab at the University of Arkansas (the flagship campus in
Fayetteville, AR) is seeking PhD and MSc students to begin in the Fall
of 2018. We study the evolution and mechanisms underlying behavioral
diversity and plasticity, with a focus on sensory system development
and visual learning in butterflies. Our current research topics include
the role of genetics and social environment in mate preference
development, behavioral and developmental plasticity, the role of
perception and sensory environment in ornament evolution, and sensory
biases. We are an intergrative animal behavior group, and integrate a
wide range of techniques, including, but not limited to, controlled
laboratory experiments, genomics, histology, and field ecology. Our
research incorporates both tropical butterflies and those native to
Northwestern Arkansas, and takes advantage of an on-campus butterfly
facility as well as multiple species-rich field sites within a
30-minute drive. Graduate students will be expected to develop their
own research projects within the scope of the lab. For more
information, please visit the lab website:

As a technically integrative lab, we embrace creative approaches to
studying animal behavior. Students with a strong background in
neurobiology, genetics, and development are particularly encouraged to
apply, as are candidates from groups historically underrepresented in

Interested prospective students should contact Dr. Erica Westerman at Please include a brief description of your research
interests and how they fit within the scope of the lab, your CV, your
GRE scores (if you have them), and contact information for 3

Deadline for applications for the Graduate Program in Biological
Sciences at the University of Arkansas is January 15, 2018:

However, interested prospective students should contact Dr. Erica
Westerman before December 10^st 2017, or as soon as possible.

The Department of Biological Sciences fully funds students through
teaching assistantships. However, there are additional sources of
funding available through the university (i.e., $10,000-$20,000/yr as
supplement to TA stipend) that depend on the qualifications of the
applicant. Information about these funding sources can be found here:

For more information please contact:

Dr. Erica Westerman

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Arkansas

Erica L. Westerman
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Science & Engineering, Room 416
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Erica Lynn Westerman <>