I’m looking for grad students who are interested in addressing evolutionary ecology questions, focusing on soil ecosystems, starting Fall of 2019. The 5-year, fully funded positions include a $24k/yr stipend, full tuition scholarship, health insurance, supplemental travel funds ($800/yr) and a broad range of academic and recreational benefits*.
Dissertation projects will focus on core hypotheses associated with the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER research group (http://mcmlter.org), primarily the characterization of soil ecosystem responses to climate variation. Our hypotheses are informed by approaches including community and autecology, ecological genomics, comparative phylogeography, elemental stoichiometry, molecular evolution, and metagenomics/transcriptomics. Most (but not all) projects will require conducting field work in Antarctica.
*BYU is located in Provo, Utah, where opportunities for world-class skiing, snowboarding, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other outdoor recreational activities are less than 20 minutes from the lab. There are several festivals during the year in different areas of the county and Provo is home to a vibrant music scene. Salt Lake City is only 45 minutes travel by car or commuter rail. BYU is a private institution run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Students are required to uphold to a standard of personal conduct. For more information on this standard, please visit the Honor Code Office website (https://honorcode.byu.edu/).
For full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 15, 2019, but late applications can be considered through the first part of February.
If any of this looks interesting to you, drop me a line: