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, seeĀ 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