Month: February 2019


*Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and
Evolution *at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sponsored by the
National Science Foundation

Apply to join the Mazer lab in summer 2019 as we investigate the process of
natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native
wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (*Nemophila menziesii*). We’re investigating
wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the
effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction
of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants
in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination
of greenhouse- and lab-based activities.

*Eligibility and Preferred Qualifications*

•       U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as
undergraduates at any U.S. institution (In Fall 2019, you must be enrolled
at your home institution).

•       Students with a strong interest in ecology and evolution; previous
course work in Biology is preferred.

•       Students with a strong desire to obtain hands-on experience in
plant evolution and ecology.

•       We particularly welcome women and members of under-represented

•       *Start date:  *June 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019 (expected end date will
be 12 weeks later, and there is flexibility in the duration of each
student’s REU.

*What do REU participants receive?*

•       A $7000 summer stipend (for 12 weeks of full-time participation

•       Housing supplement of $400/month for 3 months

•       The opportunity to conduct an independent research project while
working on an ongoing collaborative project

Experience in a variety of skills, including: plant cultivation and
breeding, data management, image analysis, germination treatments,
hypothesis-testing, statistical analysis, and discussion of the scientific
literature in plant evolutionary ecology.

*To apply:*

Please send the following to Professor Susan Mazer ( and
Postdoctoral Associate Amber Nashoba ( before March
15, 2019.

•       *Statement of interest*: Please describe why this opportunity is a
good match for your personal, scholarly, and professional interests; why
you believe that you’re a great fit for this project; and how your
perspective and experiences may contribute to the diversity of the
scientific community.

•       *Transcript* (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

•       *Reference*: The name, email address, and phone number of a faculty
member or mentor who knows you well.

Graduate position: MississippiStateU.2.ButterflyEvo

The Counterman lab at Mississippi State University is looking to recruit two highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in (1) evolutionary development, or (2) evolutionary genomics.

Currently funded research projects in the lab are focused on the genetic basis of adaptive variation and developmental plasticity in butterfly wing color patterns. We are particularly recruiting students interested in studying (1) the developmental pathways involved in structural coloration, or (2) the molecular evolution of gene families and networks across Lepidoptera. Current work on color pattern development focuses on Heliconius and several other butterfly species in collaboration with Ryan Range at Auburn University. Current work on the evolution of gene families involved in adaptive divergence of butterflies is in collaboration with Federico Hoffmann at Mississippi State University. Students will also have opportunities to work closely with collaborators at the University of Puerto Rico (Riccardo Papa), George Washington University (Arnaud Martin), and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (Owen McMillan).

Mississippi State University is home to a strong group of faculty researching evolution and genomics. The Department of Biological Sciences hosts an excellent graduate program in biology, and a new interdisciplinary, cross-college graduate program in computational biology is currently being established. MSU is located in Starkville, a quaint southern college town with a historic downtown district that celebrates the local music and cuisine. For more information on the Counterman lab please visit the lab website: ( Interested students are encouraged to email Brian  Counterman ( Please include a brief description of your research interests and a CV in your email. The target date for applications for Fall 2019 admission to is March 31, 2019.

Graduate position: UIdaho.NativeTroutAdaptiveCapacity


We seek a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. position at the
University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program
(  The program seeks to understand how
genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response
to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive
capacity.  The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout,
a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush.  These taxa are integral
to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and
are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of
the region.

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral
researchers and students working at scales from genomic characterization
of physiological traits in trout and sagebrush, to mapping and modeling
of complex ecological, evolutionary, and social-economic systems.

This advertised Ph.D. position is dedicated to redband trout. Research
will focus on the phenotypic and genetic diversity of native trout
populations in the Intermountain West. The student will be working as
part of a collaborative research team studying adaptive capacity in
native trout populations with a combination of physiology and genomics.

MS in biological sciences or related field. Preference for a student
with prior research experience in fish physiology, energetics,
cardiorespiratory and/or genotype-to-phenotype analyses of fishes.

Up to $28,000/yr plus tuition and fees

Start date:
May or September of 2019

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE scores, unofficial
transcripts, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Brian
Small, Review of applications will begin immediately;
for full consideration please apply before March 15, 2019.

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