3 Ph.D. Student Positions in Landscape Genomics, Ecological Genomics and Modeling of Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems

We seek highly motivated students for 3 Ph.D. positions at the University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.idahogem3.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7Cf8f019a885904bd8ecba08d6c7ccb82e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636916079430815800&sdata=%2F8S42FwbjhlvNbuDTiIu8Ro8LL2OdwPP0rBq7%2BUl9rA%3D&reserved=0

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. Two of the PhD positions will focus on these taxa, and the third will focus on landscape genomics and adaptive interactions of terrestrial wildlife species reliant on sagebrush systems such as southern Idaho ground squirrels and pygmy rabbits.

These Ph.D. students 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. Students will have the opportunity to gain skills such as molecular population genomics, landscape genetics analysis, and agent-based and systems modeling.

The possible start dates for these positions are August 2019 or January 2020. Students will be co-advised by Lisette Waits (Fish & Wildlife Sciences) and Paul Hohenlohe (Biological Sciences). Students in the GEM3 program may choose from several degree programs at UI, including Natural Resources, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Environmental Science or Biology.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Paul Hohenlohe at hohenlohe@uidaho.edu. In your letter of interest please indicate your which of the 3 positions you would like to be considered for as well as your top choice. Review of applications will begin immediately.