Month: November 2023

Doctoral Fellowship: Applied Quantitative Ecology & Bioacoustics

Morris Doctoral Fellowship- Applied Quantitative Ecology using Bioacoustics

A five-year Doctoral Fellowship is available at Southern Illinois University starting Fall 2024 to support new doctoral students of the highest quality. The Graduate School provides a 12-month 50% research fellowship award for the first three years, with an annual $1,000 ($500 fall/spring) book/travel allowance for the first three years while on fellowship. The academic program provides a 12-month 50% research or teaching assistantship for the years four and five. This is a competitive fellowship and financial support is not guaranteed to all applicants, only the selected individual. The position is open to students currently holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, though preference is for those not previously enrolled in a graduate program (direct post-baccalaureate entry).

The successful applicant will be in the PEASE Lab (Population Estimation and Spatial Ecology; at Southern Illinois University where the student will work on developing false-positive hierarchical community models to be applied to avian ecology and conservation in forested environments. The student will have access to data from 100s of Autonomous Recording Unit (ARU) throughout Midwestern United States, and will be encouraged to develop research ideas supporting at-risk species recovery. Students with an interest in bioacoustics and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria include:

1. Must have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.25, or a grade point average for the last two years in the bachelor’s degree of 3.5 (A= 4.0); and

2. If prior graduate study has been undertaken, must have an overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.7 (A = 4.0); and

3. Must have a score in the 75th percentile or higher on a standard test such as the GRE, MAT, or GMAT; and

4. May not already be enrolled in a doctoral program and may have no previous enrollment at SIUC.

In the competition for Morris Doctoral Fellowships, the nominees must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents of the USA. In addition, preference will be given to those who have not previously enrolled in a graduate program (direct post-baccalaureate entry).

Students already enrolled at or having previous enrollment at SIU are not eligible for the Morris Doctoral Fellowship.

Applications are due by Jan 12, 2024, 4pm CST. Fellowship offers are announced by Feb 2, with acceptance decision by April 15.

To apply, students should first email their Curriculum Vitae and a general research interest statement to Dr. Brent Pease (; the email subject should be “Morris Fellowship Application”. Following review, students may be encouraged to continue with the full Fellowship application through Southern Illinois University’s Graduate School. For full consideration, material from interested applicants must be received by Dec 15,2023 to ensure full fellowship application submission by Jan 12, 2024.

Interested applicants should read the full guidelines of the fellowship here:

The application packet can be found here:

Graduate position: University of Mississippi

The Zee Lab at the University of Mississippi is seeking motivated and curious students with interests in evolutionary ecology for enrollment in the Fall 2024 semester.We are interested in research topics at the intersection of community ecology and evolutionary biology, such as the evolution of species interations and evolution in multispecies communities. We approach our research using both laboratory experimental evolution with microbes and modeling approaches. Candidates will encouraged to develop their own independent research interests.The Department of Biology is a broad department with faculty research foci spanning the levels of biological organization and the taxonomic tree of life. The University of Mississippi is located Oxford, MS, a college town in northwest Mississippi.Interested candidates should email Peter Zee (

Graduate position: Mississippi State University

Graduate position: Mississippi State UniversityThe Smith lab at Mississippi State University is recruiting a PhD student for Fall 2024! We develop methods for studying diversification using genomic data, and apply these methods to study diversification in terrestrial snails and slugs. We are looking for students interested in methods development in population genetics and phylogenetics and/or studying diversification in terrestrial slugs. Ongoing projects include the development of machine learning approaches to investigate species’ evolutionary histories and investigations into the evolutionary histories of invasive slugs. Our lab combines fieldwork, wet lab work, and computational work, and thus there are varied opportunities depending on student interests. Additional information on the lab can be found at interested should contact me directly by email( before applying with an attached CV and a brief description of your research interests. Our graduate admissions deadlines are flexible but applications before February 1, 2024 are preferred. Our department no longer requires the GRE. Mississippi State is located in Starkville, Mississippi, a half-hour drive from excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and the Tombigbee National Forest. We are 1.5 hours from Tuscaloosa, 3 hours from Memphis, and 4.5 hours from New Orleans. Additional departmental details can be found at:“Smith, Megan” <>

Graduate position: UFlorida.GeneticsGenomics

The Genetics & Genomics (G&G) Ph.D. program at the University of Florida <> is accepting applications for graduate students for admission in Fall 2024. We are a interdisciplinary program with 200+ faculty in 8 colleges and 64 departments. Our faculty <> conduct a broad range of research projects including biomedical research, gene therapy, metagenomics, plant breeding and genetics, microbial genetics, population studies, and ecology to name just a few.Apply here! <>. If you are applying for the Ph.D. in Genetics & Genomics, please also apply for our new M.S. in Genetics & Genomics. The application deadline is December 1,2023 for admission to the Fall 2024 class. Prospective Ph.D. students should contact potential faculty advisors in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications.Here are some recent articles on UF Genetics Institute faculty in UF’s research magazine, Explore:      *   UF Genetics Institute new director, Dr. Tom Burris <          dna.html>      *   Father’s illness drives Dr. Eric Wang <          the-disease-that-runs-in-his-family.html> to find a cure for          myotonic dystrophy      *   G&G graduate student Shandra Trantham <          patient.html>, researcher and patient, searches for cures for          neurodegenerative diseases      *   Biomedical engineering faculty Drs. Josephine Allen and Erika          Moore <          blind-spot.html> collaborate with Anthropology faculty Dr.          Connie Mulligan to investigate how ancestry can shape health          disparities      *   G&G alum and UF faculty Dr. Marcio Resende <          better-fruit-to-your-table.html> uses AI to make food          healthier and tastier      *   Microbial ecologist Dr. Julie Meyer <          relief.html> is developing probiotics to save coral reefsUF has the following funding opportunities that you may want to consider:      *   McKnight Doctoral Fellowship          <> which          funds stipend, tuition, and fees      *   Board of Education Summer Fellowship <          2020/graduate/financial-aid/> which provides funds and          networking opportunities for new graduate students as well as          other fellowship opportunitiesStudents for the G&G Ph.D. typically graduate in 5 years and are funded with a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.The University of Florida is one of the top 10 public universities in the country with a university-wide commitment to genetic research. The University of Florida Genetics Institute ( is a state-of-the-art research building intended to enhance opportunities for collaboration. Gainesville is located in north central Florida (away from the hurricanes!), with average temperatures ranging from 45F to 90F.Connie J. Mulligan, PhDCoordinator, Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program 2033 Mowry Rd, PO Box 103610 | University of Florida | Gainesville, FL 32610-3610“Connie J. Mulligan” <>

Graduate position: UWyoming.SpatialEcoEvoDynamics

The Weiss-Lehman lab at the University of Wyoming is recruiting a PhD student to join our group in fall 2024. The PhD student will work with laboratory microcosms, computational models, and genomic data to test ecological and evolutionary mechanisms behind the formation of stable range limits as part of a recently funded NSF grant. The student will also be encouraged to develop independent projects based on their own interests as part of their dissertation. Research in our lab largely focuses on spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics, using models and careful experiments to understand how rapid evolutionary changes can impact species’ ranges. This includes factors affecting range limits, but also understanding the dynamics of species spreading via invasions or range shifts in response to climate change.The Weiss-Lehman lab is a highly collaborative group and members are encouraged to work together on group projects while also developing independent projects based on their own interests. Our lab is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive group of researchers in which all lab members feel valued and supported. For more details on the lab and our research, see our website: position will be fully funded for 5 years through a combination of research and teaching assistantships and includes tuition, a stipend, and health insurance. Applicants need a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, evolution, or a related field by the fall of 2024. Additional preferred qualifications include quantitative and/or bioinformatic skills, familiarity with a scientific computing language (R, Matlab, Python, etc.), and previous research experience.To apply, please email Topher Weiss-Lehman ( with your CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine), a statement of interest, and contact information for 2-3 professional references.

MS position in pollinator ecology at Cal Poly Pomona

The Scordato Lab at Cal Poly Pomona invites applications for a Master’s student to study arthropod ecology in a Southern California agroecosystem. The Scordato lab is part of a research group with faculty from CSU Long Beach, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources examining how natural vegetation can support biodiversity in avocado and citrus orchards in Ventura County. We are looking for a student to study how arthropod pollinator and predator populations vary between agricultural and riparian areas, and determine if creating patches of natural habitat in orchards can improve pest control and pollinator services. Coursework will be conducted at Cal Poly Pomona with extensive research guidance from UC Santa Barbara and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers. The Master’s student will be expected to work on all aspects of the research project and lead the preparation of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript. This position is funded for three years, subject to review after the first year. The expected start date is summer 2024, with an earlier start available.

Required qualifications: 1) a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, agriculture, entomology, plant science, natural resources management, or similar field; 2) strong writing and quantitative skills; 3) a valid US driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications: 1) experience collecting and identifying insects or be willing to learn; 2) experience conducting field research, particularly in challenging conditions; 3) familiarity with the R programming environment.

Competitive applicants will enjoy field and lab work, including sorting, labeling, and archiving samples; be flexible, positive, and communicative during field work, even during long days outside requiring travel and exposure to hot weather; and be passionate about communicating science to broad audiences as there are opportunities to develop blogs, reports, and other media for the farming community involved in this project.

To learn more about Cal Poly Pomona and its Master’s program, visit

Graduate position: UNebraska_Lincoln.EvolutionarySystemsGenomics

Are you excited to find out how changes to the genome shape behavioral differences between species? Have you ever wondered how new sex chromosomes work together to remodel variation in tissues? The Moore Lab ( at the University of Nebraska Lincoln is recruiting creative and motivated students to join for a PhD position in evolutionary systems genomics to work on these questions, and more! We use beautiful and charismatic Malawi African cichlid fishes to study the mechanisms underlying complex adaptive traits. All projects will focus on generating and integrating different types of genomic data (epigenetics, gene expression, and/or whole genome sequencing), but may also include tissue collection, histology, and/or state-of-the-art, creative behavioral phenotyping.Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and we are committed to fostering a lab environment where all trainees feel welcome and supported. This position may be funded through RA or TA, and includes stipend support and a tuition waiver.Required qualifications:– Interest in evolution, genomics/bioinformatics, behavior and/or sex chromosomes. You do not need experience in all of these fields but should have a clear motivation for wanting to work towards a PhD on this topic.– A willingness to contribute to a supportive and engaging intellectual environment that includes undergraduate researchers.– UNL graduate program requirements: Minimum standards are a B.A. or (or equivalent) from an accredited institution with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or equivalent. If you are international and English is your second language the program requires a TOEFL score of 565 for paper-based test,225 for computer-based test, or 85 for the internet-based test.Preferred qualifications:– Wet lab skills (nucleic acid extractions, genomic library preparations)– and/or familiarity with bash scripting/R or other programming languages (python, perl, etc)– and/or fish handling and husbandry experience– and/or undergraduate or postbaccalaureate research experiencePlease email Emily Moore ( a CV and statement of interest prior to applying to the graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior in the School of Biological Sciences at UNL ( Applications are due December 1, 2023.Emily Moore <>

Graduate position: UIllinois_UrbanaChampaign.EvolEcolBehav

The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) at the University of Illinois is accepting applications for graduate students for admission in Fall 2024. We accept applications for both the Master’s (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. We are an interactive group with expertise in evolution, ecology, behavior, bioinformatics, conservation, genetics & genomics, physiology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and morphology. Students take many approaches to their studies including field work on whole organisms, genomics/bioinformatics, lab experimentation, and theory.The department of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior is housed within the School of Integrative Biology, home to over 30 faculty working in ecology, behavior, conservation and evolution. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers state-of-the-art research facilities such as the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), the Beckman Institute (several research themes including bioimaging and Molecular Science andEngineering) and the Grainger College of Engineering. Urbana-Champaign is a pleasant, affordable, university town with good music and restaurants. It has its own airport and is close to three major U.S. cities (Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis).Students for the Ph.D. are typically funded for 5-years with a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. The deadline for consideration is December 15, 2023. However, prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications. For further information, see note that we have many types of fellowships including fellowships to help recruit students who come from groups that are under-represented in science.The following faculty are actively recruiting students:Julian Catchen – Population genomics and the evolution of genome architecture. We are a computational group doing work in several organisms including fishes, birds, and honeybees. We have projects comparing ancient and modern DNA, coloration of fishes, and the genome architecture and function of mitochondria. We are also actively at work on several software packages related to RADseq and Stacks as well as conserved synteny. My students typically focus on a hybrid of computational and biological topics in their research aims. Write with questions, also happy to discuss options in an online meeting.Becky Fuller – Evolutionary biology of fishes; evolution of color patterns/color vision; color vision in bass; speciation as a function of adaptation and genomic rearrangements; speciation in darters and killifishDan Miller – Evolution of developmental sensory biology in mammals; biomarkers of brain organization; mechanisms of brain plasticity; evolution of intelligent systems; email Anderson