Graduate position: UVermont.Evolution


Applications open for graduate studies in ecology and evolution and QuEST
Doctoral Training program, Department of Biology, University of Vermont


The Department of Biology, University of Vermont, seeks qualified PhD
and MS applicants for the Fall of 2019 to join our interdisciplinary
research program in ecology and evolution.

We are a medium-sized, integrative biology department (most labs typically
have 3 to 5 graduate students) with a passion for our research and our
teaching.  We will work with you to design a successful research program
that will prepare you for your career in academic, medical or private
sector research; government work; or teaching at the baccalaureate level.

Our department has recently been awarded a major NSF-funded National
Research Training grant in Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM training
(QuEST).  The QuEST grant provides doctoral students with foundational
training in quantitative data analysis and modeling, fellowship support,
and internship placements to apply evolutionary principles toward solving
real-world problems.

Potential faculty mentors in the Department of Biology include: Ingi
Agnarsson (systematics), Alison K. Brody (plant-animal interactions),
Charles J. Goodnight (evolutionary theory), Nicholas J. Gotelli
(community ecology), Sara Helms Cahan (sociobiology), Brent L. Lockwood
(physiological ecology), Melissa Pespeni (ecological genomics), Lori
Stevens (population genetics).

The department and campus have excellent facilities for research, and
there are opportunities for collaboration with faculty and graduate
students in other units on campus, including Complex Systems, Plant
Biology, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and
The Gund Institute for the Environment. Our faculty conduct their field
research at sites around the globe, but there are also exciting projects
ongoing in Lake Champlain and the nearby Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

Founded in 1791, UVM is consistently ranked as one of the top public
universities in the United States. The University is located in
Burlington, Vermont, a vibrant and environmentally-minded small city
rich in cultural and recreational activities for graduate students and
their families.

We only admit students for whom we have secured financial support
through graduate teaching fellowships, QuEST fellowships, or external
grants. Before you apply, you should directly contact individual faculty
members to explore mutual research interests and projects.

This link will give you an overview of graduate life in the Biology
Department: (

This link will let you explore the web pages and research interests of
individual faculty: (

This link will give you information about the QuEST program:


This link will let you begin the application process:


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Chair of Graduate
Affairs, Dr. Nicholas J. Gotelli (

We hope to see your application for Fall 2020!