MS and PhD positions at VCU: Plant and Lepidoptera macroecology

From: Catherine Hulshof [mailto:catherine.hulshof@GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:36 AM
Subject: MS and PhD positions at VCU: Plant and Lepidoptera macroecology

Ecology MS and PhD positions at VCU

The Hulshof Lab is recruiting Master’s and PhD students starting Fall 2018. We study the causes of biodiversity across space and time especially as it relates to island biogeography, community assembly and global change.

We are recruiting students interested in studying 1) plant and/or Lepidoptera diversity on serpentine outcrops throughout the northeastern United States; or 2) phenotypic variation of butterfly wing size and coloration across environmental gradients.

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions will advance a macroecological understanding of biodiversity across spatio-temporal scales. Visit our webpage ( for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy. We are an international and diverse group and I strongly encourage women and other underrepresented groups to contact me to discuss potential ideas.

The Hulshof Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia (
VCU is located on the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Conservation International.

Students interested in the Master’s program in Biology should apply by 15 January. (

Students interested in the PhD program should apply to the Integrative Life Sciences Program by 10 January.

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof
( with a CV and cover letter to discuss the position before applying.