Graduate position: Cornell.EvolutionaryConservationGenomics

PhD in Evolutionary/Conservation Genomics
> The Hare Lab in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University
> is recruiting a PhD student to study evolutionary biology and conservation
> genomics with the eastern oyster as a study system. Desired start is
> Summer/Fall 2020.
> The Hare Lab studies ecological and evolutionary factors that affect
> population responses to environmental change over timescales relevant
> to conservation and management. Some of our research also entails
> the application of genetic markers to inform population biology and
> ecology. The eastern oyster has been a longstanding focus of the Hare
> Lab because of its fascinating biology, keystone ecosystem function,
> strong and growing aquaculture industry interest, and the need to
> improve restoration success. The recent assembly of a chromosome scale
> reference genome has enabled highly informative genomic approaches to
> our studies. Oyster projects in the Hare Lab currently include tests
> for local adaptation, measurement of selection in the lab and field,
> tests for domestication selection in breeding programs, measurement
> of introgression from aquaculture to wild oysters, genomics of stress
> tolerance at different life stages, and mapping of larval dispersal
> patterns. These studies involve field collections, field experiments,
> aquatic lab experiments, population genomic analyses and outreach with
> stakeholders.
> The exact project will be developed together with the selected candidate,
> depending on their interests. We seek a student with a strong academic
> record including courses in evolution, genetics, and quantitative analysis
> (stats, modeling). Desirable skills include R, computer programming,
> and bioinformatics, as well as knowledge of invertebrate biology, marine
> biology, and/or conservation biology. Previous research experience
> is needed.
> The Hare Lab currently has one PhD student, one MS student, a
> pedagogy-focused postdoc, a research postdoc being recruited, and
> multiple undergraduate research assistants. Funding is from diverse
> sources including the National Science Foundation, New York Sea Grant,
> Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and Cornell Atkinson Center for
> Sustainability. Our home in the Natural Resources graduate field ensures
> continual multidisciplinary interactions. The Natural Resources graduate
> field includes faculty from across campus who address the social and
> ecological dimensions of natural resources and the environment to improve
> environmental sustainability. Conservation genomics is a strength within
> Natural Resources (Hare and Therkildsen labs), and population genomics
> applied to nonmodel as well as experimental model systems is a strength
> across campus. That strength is represented and reinforced by the Cornell
> Center for Comparative and Population Genomics (
> Interested applicants should contact Matt Hare at as
> soon as possible and send (1) an updated CV, (2) a summary of your
> academic and research experiences, and (3) a short description
> of the research questions you are passionate about. The
> deadline for a formal application to the Cornell Graduate
> School for this opportunity is December 1, 2019 (instructions: Applicants
> from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and academia
> are especially encouraged to apply. For more information on research in
> the Hare Lab go to