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Information session on Joint BS-MS in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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Dr. Eric Schultz will host an hour-long info session on our Joint BS-MS Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.  In this program, students earn a Masters through (in most cases) a fifth year of course work, combined with a research experience and an internship.  This informational session will be of particular assistance to students who are sophomores and above, but first-year students are also welcome.

Date: Monday 10/1

Time: 5 pm

Place: Pharmacy-Biology 203 (second floor fishbowl) Contact Dr. Schultz at eric.schultz@uconn.edu if directions would be helpful.

Graduate student position in Ant Evolution and Ecology

The Blaimer lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a graduate student (PhD or MSc) beginning in the Spring or Fall semester of 2019. Our research group focuses on applying cutting-edge molecular technologies to address relevant questions in evolutionary biology, systematics and community ecology, mainly by studying ants and other Hymenoptera. We value collection-based research and actively conduct field surveys for ants and other insects, with a particular focus on canopy diversity.

NC State University’s Entomology Department offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a vibrant and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University, as well as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences close by. Our NC State Insect Museum is a mid-size insect collection that provides state-of-the-art training opportunities in specimen-based research techniques and curation. Raleigh is a lively town with an inexpensive, yet high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in evolutionary biology and entomology, and a fascination for ants or Hymenoptera. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab, or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our research and publications at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.blaimerlab.weebly.com&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C38ba72554ee74e6d8ccc08d627898158%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636739868871931509&sdata=7Wo2Ph8vG32G7K%2FytgOT0ELIgA3FZFKb3ZmF4qHiXqo%3D&reserved=0.

How to apply:
Send a one-page cover letter outlining motivation and research interests, a CV and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Blaimer at bonnie_blaimer[at]ncsu.edu.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2018.

MS Assistantships in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Vermont

MS Assistantships in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Vermont
Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking two master’s-level graduate students to participate in two different research projects examining the dynamics and management of forests in northeastern North America. The first project is focused on developing management guidance for addressing the impacts of southern pine beetle (SPB) on pitch pine forests in New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont and U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program in quantifying forest conditions in areas impacted by the recent range expansion of SPB to inform a stand hazard rating system for guiding SPB management and restoration efforts in these areas.
The second project project is focused on quantifying the impacts and outcomes of management practices designed to mitigate the impacts of the introduced emerald ash borer (EAB) on the current and future composition and structure of northern hardwood forests in New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, and University of Quebec at Montreal in quantifying forest development in areas impacted and threatened by EAB and integrating these results into a decision support tool to evaluate appropriate management responses to EAB across the region.
Both positions are available for Summer 2019 and include two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, plant identification skills, and a record of leadership.

Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (MS in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2019 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the “Statement of Purpose.”

PhD position – Collective migration in ungulates – University of Wyoming

Subject: PhD position – Collective migration in ungulates – University of Wyoming

The Merkle Research Group at University of Wyoming is seeking a highly motivated, creative, and quantitative Ph.D. student to lead a project investigating group dynamics and collective decision-making in migratory ungulates (including mule deer, pronghorn, bison and/or elk).

The successful applicant can shape the project goals; however, it is expected that the student will advance our theoretical understanding of collective migration and then link theory to empirical data using creative analyses. This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the Wyoming Migration Initiative, and other state and federal partners. The student will have access to existing and ongoing datasets of animal movement in Wyoming. The student will also be expected to employ an array of trail cameras on migration corridors to quantify group dynamics of marked and unmarked populations.

Candidates must have a B.S. and preferably a M.S. degree in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, Biological Statistics/Mathematics or related fields.
Applicants must also have an excellent undergraduate GPA and competitive GRE scores. Applicants with prior experience managing and analyzing large datasets in program R (or Matlab/Python), and conducting and publishing research will be favored. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, present results at professional conferences, publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of grant proposals.

A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which includes annual stipend, tuition, and benefits. The successful applicant will be admitted through the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming. To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file that includes 1) a cover letter outlining experience and specific interests related to migration ecology and group dynamics, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial GRE score sheet, 4) contact information for three references, and 5) transcripts to Dr. Jerod Merkle (jmerkle@uwyo.edu). Review of applicants will begin 12 November 2018. Start date is negotiable, but January 2019 is preferred.

Ph.D. & M.S. Graduate Student Positions: fire & ecosystem ecology

Ph.D. & M.S. Graduate Student Positions

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences | University of Nevada, Reno

?Effects of shifting fire regimes on biogeochemical processes in dryland environments?

The Fire & Dryland Ecosystems Lab led by Dr. Erin Hanan in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a Doctoral or Master?s student position starting in the Fall of 2019.
Research in the lab explores how wildfire influences plant, soil, and hydrologic processes, and the interactions among them. Two key questions are: (1) how have climate change and human activities altered these interactions, and (2) what can we expect in the future??

Prospective graduate students will have the opportunity to develop their own research topics, which may be centered in one or more of the following areas:

?       Effects of climate change on future wildfire regimes
?       Carbon, nitrogen, and water dynamics in fire-prone ecosystems and watersheds
?       Fire as a driver of biogeochemical processes in dryland systems
?       Ecological resilience and recovery in the context of climate change
?       Influence of fuel management on watershed function

Research in the lab is conducted at study sites in the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin, southern California, and the Pacific and Inland Northwest. We work with a range of tools, including process-based models, remote sensing, and field/laboratory analysis.

Competitive candidates will have a B.S. and/or M.S. degree in ecology, environmental science, computer science, or a closely related discipline. They will also have strong written and oral communication skills and evidence of scholastic success. Candidates with quantitative and/or programming skills are especially encouraged to apply. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

To apply, please send a summary of your research interests/background and a CV to Erin Hanan (ehanan@unr.edu).

More information about the lab can be found here:
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnaes.unr.edu%2Fhanan&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cfd5452ae24294825b1bf08d62636ab98%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636738413580656304&sdata=e32zjlL%2BRhFAfuAmtQMmgs57IjuPjZ4J3f6nYRscBhI%3D&reserved=0. To learn about the Ph.D. program, go to UNR’s Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program webpage:
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unr.edu%2Feecb&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cfd5452ae24294825b1bf08d62636ab98%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636738413580666312&sdata=unTrt5RItKuKe5ohqKjgJ6KyFKQw7oLI15yNdUE%2BglA%3D&reserved=0, and for the Master?s program, go to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program page (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unr.edu%2Fnres&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cfd5452ae24294825b1bf08d62636ab98%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636738413580666312&sdata=oKM3GQlgKTYBYegwJ%2FS7c3GCQmYpfZHOLyvCdFkNsUI%3D&reserved=0).

Grad Student Opportunities in Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry

The Yang Lab in Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (https://sib.illinois.edu/yang) in the Departments of Plant Biology and Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks creative and motivated graduate students to join the lab in Fall 2019. We explore how human activities change the functioning of natural and managed ecosystems and how ecosystem responses to global change can feed back to fuel or slow future global change.
We currently have graduate research assistantship funding to investigate (1) how microbial diversity controls nitrous oxide reduction in soils, and (2) plant-soil-microbe interactions that regulate soil nitrogen cycling in bioenergy cropping systems. The latter project is part of a large interdisciplinary effort by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) to develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels (https://cabbi.bio/research/sustainability-theme/). Other themes in our research program include controls on redox-sensitive processes in upland soils, such as denitrification, dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium, and iron reduction; and plant community composition effects on biogeochemical processes, including woody polycultures as a sustainable agricultural system, mycorrhizal mediation of soil carbon and nitrogen cycling, and invasive species effects on ecosystem nitrogen dynamics. Students will be encouraged to develop their own research related to these themes.
There are multiple opportunities to join the lab to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree:
(1) Department of Plant Biology (https://sib.illinois.edu/plantbio/graduate_admissions) – Deadline January 1
(2) Department of Geology (http://www.geology.illinois.edu/) – Deadline January 15
(3) Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://peec.illinois.edu/) – Deadline December 15
If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Dr. Wendy Yang (yangw@illinois.edu) with a brief statement of your research interests and your CV.

Staff position: Academic Coordinator- Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara

The Benioff Ocean Initiative (www.boi.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks an academic coordinator to assist in the initiative’s goal of generating actionable environmental change in the oceans.
The Benioff Ocean Initiative is a new endeavor led by UCSB that aims to use marine research and marine scientists to help solve pervasive ocean problems— it’s an experimental model in innovating ways to translate university-powered research into tangible solutions to problems that affect ocean ecosystems and human communities.
The academic coordinator’s main duties will be to provide organizational support, project management, and administrative support. Incumbent will also provide considerable input in carrying out responsibilities that will include organizing scientific working groups to study ocean issues, coordinating ocean-related public outreach activities and working with contractors/service providers to carry forward projects generated by research groups.
Responsibilities include:
• Manage scheduling for BOI activities. Analyze incoming scheduling requests and general public communication to determine scheduling priorities; incumbent must be able to communicate effectively and accurately across diverse organizations.
• Coordinate travel logistics for BOI activities.
• Coordinate regular meetings and data sharing between group and collaborators. Use scientific understanding of group focus areas to research potential collaborators and local stakeholders at project sites (e.g. academic groups, NGOs, government agencies, etc.). Perform research and analysis, draft correspondence, and provide short- and long-term planning support.
• Develop, create, and present budget data and reports to the Director.
• Provide relevant policy information to staff and handle multiple complex and confidential projects that
require strong administrative and organizational skills.
• Oversee supply acquisition for multiple projects, lab equipment maintenance and setup, and work with contractors and service providers as required by specific projects.
• Oversee recruitment and training of volunteers and student assistants (medium-sized lab) for multiple projects, as well as training them on methods and skills required for each project. Additionally, provide leadership and guidance to volunteers throughout project duration.
• Plan and execute events and workshops associated with BOI programming. Synthesize and present meeting and workshop results.
• Assist with BOI social media communications.
Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, ecology, environmental studies, or related field.
Preferred qualifications:
• Experience developing and managing project or programmatic budgets
• At least 1 year of administrative assistant, project coordination or related experience
• Experience in science outreach and communication
• Experience working in a science setting outside of academia (e.g. NGO, government)
The position is open to be filled immediately. The duration of the appointment is for 12 months at 100% time, reappointment is possible depending on performance and funding. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience.
Electronic applications (including a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references) should be sent to:https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01315
For primary consideration apply by October 19, 2018
Position open until filled.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to this position.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Benioff Ocean Initiative
Marine Science Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

Graduate position: ColoradoStateU.Evolution

Colorado State University is seeking outstanding graduate students in the
field of evolutionary biology. CSU is home to a strong and diverse group
of evolution-focused labs, many of which are accepting grad students this
year. Interested students are highly encouraged to explore the research
pages of CSU faculty and contact professors before applying to a CSU
graduate program. The university is home to a number of departmental
and interdisciplinary graduate programs, and prospective faculty mentors
can assist in selecting the program that would be the best match for a
student?s interests. CSU faculty with research programs in evolutionary
biology include:

Lisa Angeloni
Department of Biology

Mike Antolin
Department of Biology

Chris Funk
Department of Biology

Cameron Ghalambor
Department of Biology

Kim Hoke
Department of Biology

Ruth Hufbauer
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

John McKay
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Rachel Mueller
Department of Biology

Dhruba Naug
Department of Biology

Paul Ode
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Kristen Ruegg
Department of Biology

Mark Simmons
Department of Biology

Dan Sloan
Department of Biology

Colleen Webb
Department of Biology

CSU is a world-class research university located in Fort Collins, CO,
about an hour north of Denver and right at the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains. Fort Collins is widely regarded as having a great quality
of life at a reasonable cost of living. It has excellent opportunities
for outdoor recreation, an active music scene, a strong biking culture,
and numerous great restaurants and breweries.


M.S. Position in Forest Ecology and GIS at Oklahoma State University

M.S. Opportunity: Forest Ecology and GIS
Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
Oklahoma State University
The Murray Lab is seeking a M.S. student interested in the spatial ecology and resilience of forests. Research in the lab is focused around how spatial patterns and processes influence forest and wildlife habitat resilience. A candidate with research interests in forest ecology, disturbance ecology, wildlife habitat ecology, or ecological applications of geospatial technologies would be a great fit.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in biology, ecology, geography, forestry, wildlife biology, or a related field. Experience or coursework in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and experience conducting field research. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.00) and have taken the GRE.
TO APPLY: Prospective applicants should send via email a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Bryan Murray (bryan.murray@okstate.edu). Review of application materials will begin October 5 and continue until the position is filled.
LOCATION AND FACILITIES: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

Non profit in the Bolivian Amazon looking for a biodiversity student

I am contacting you on behalf of Sustainable Bolivia, a US registered non profit created in 2007 and with activities since then in Bolivia. Since last year, Sustainable Bolivia has relocated to the city of Riberalta, also known as the “Capital of the Bolivian Amazon” in order to develop its own environmental and community development projects. As such, we have been working with public authorities and rural communities for the creation of a 20,000 hectares natural reserve, the Aquicuana Reserve.
As part of these projects, we would like to improve the knowledge we have about the Reserve itself and we’ve been working this year with biodiversity students to research, register and list different species of the reserve. As such, we now have registered 302 different species of birds, including one unique in the world, the Masked Antpitta, but also more than 40 different kinds of amphibians. In this context, we are looking for new biology students to help us next year to continue this work. Please find enclosed the detailed description of the volunteer position and tasks.
I would like to know if it would be possible to forward this opportunity to your students?
Thank you in advance,
Ludivine Félix
National Director
information@sustainablebolivia.org | ludivine@sustainablebolivia.org 
Cel : +591 65319279

Graduate position: UWisconsin_Milwaukee.PopulationGenomics

The Alberto lab is searching for graduate students to join the lab in
Fall 2019

The Alberto lab at UW-Milwaukee is seeking for a graduate student for
Fall 2019 with particular interest topics ranging from a more
conceptual molecular ecology (kelp forests, seagrass species) to more
applied research topics such as genomic selection in macroalgae. The
lab research interest is broad in all areas of population genetics and
genomics, from fine-scale spatial genetic structure and demographic
inference, local adaptation, oceanscape genetics and range-wide
biogeographical analysis of model organisms. Our focus is both on
empirical research through the acquisition of population genetics data,
using molecular marker techniques, simulation-based hypothesis testing,
and species distribution modeling.

Our closer collaborators have included the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER
(http://sbc.lternet.edu/) based at UCSB, California, The Moss Landing
Marine Laboratory in Central California, the Center for Marine Sciences
at University of the Algarve, Portugal
(http://www.ccmar.ualg.pt/maree/) and recently the University of
Southern California and its Wrigley Marine Science Center. Students
interested in developing projects in topics related to seagrass
population genetics or the balance between clonal and sexual
strategies, focusing marine or freshwater plant model species, are also
welcomed to contact me. Please see my website for more information on
our team (http://alberto-lab.blogspot.com/).

Much of our work involves some form of programming in R, students are
expected to be motivated to learn how to code. However, while coding
skills are a benefit, they are not required to successful applicants.

UWM has an active group of researchers
studying evolutionary genetics and behavior:
https://uwm.edu/biology/research/ecology-evolution-and-behavior/. Students
would enroll in the graduate program in the department of biological
sciences at UWM (https://uwm.edu/biology/graduate/prospective-students/),
the deadline for applications is December 1. The minimum requirements
for admission to the Biology Department include an undergraduate GPA
of at least 3.0 and GRE scores (both verbal and quantitative) in the
50 percentile or better. You can find more information on the Graduate
School website http://uwm.edu/graduateschool/.

All graduate students at UWM can be supported financially by teaching
assistantships (TA) and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and
health insurance. TA appointments are usually made at the 50% level,
which involves a teaching commitment of 20 hours per week. MS students
can expect TA support for up to 3 years and Ph.D. students up to 5
years. You must apply by December 1 to be considered for a TA position.

There are also other opportunities for funding, such as University-wide
fellowships that are generally based on GRE and GPA, which are given to
students after they have been enrolled at UWM for one year. More
information at https://uwm.edu/biology/graduate/funding/
To apply please send me an email (albertof@uwm.edu) including 1) a
statement of research interests, 2) a summary of your previous academic
and research experiences, and 3) a summary on how your research
interests might fit our lab. Finally, please include a CV (with GPA and
GRE scores).

M.S. graduate position in Fish Ecology/Invasion Ecology

Jim Garvey’s Fish Ecology Lab at the Southern Illinois University, Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (CFAAS) in Carbondale, IL is seeking a M.S. student to conduct research comparing the behavior and ecology of invasive bigheaded carp (Bighead Carp and Silver Carp) relative to surrogate species to determine ways to control the ongoing carp invasion (e.g., harvest and barriers). This project is a collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Qualifications: An interest in laboratory- and field-oriented research and a desire to work in research or academia. B.A. or B.S. in biology, fisheries, aquatic ecology or related fields. Coursework in fisheries and/or ecology required. Prior experience with acoustic telemetry, analysis of ecological studies, R, Arc GIS, and Microsoft office (including Access) is preferred but not required.

Duties: Develop, complete, present, and publish field, lab, statistical, and/or simulation studies related to fisheries or invasion ecology.  The selected student will have access to CFAAS’s resources including a pond facility with 100 experimental ponds, 2 wet labs, and multiple large river boats including one modified for acoustic telemetry river work.
Prospective students will be expected to complete field work associated with their projects, with assistance and training from other lab personnel including 2 postdocs and 2 research technicians.  The successful candidate must make multiple overnight trips for field work, work long hours under adverse weather conditions, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to routinely lift 50 pounds. The selected student will also be part of a large, multi-agency and university research group.

Application Deadline: October 15th or until filled.  Preferred start
date: Jan 2019 (later start possible)

Salary: Research assistantship includes stipend plus tuition waiver and insurance

Application Procedure: Interested applicants must submit via email (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume or CV, (3) unofficial transcripts (official required prior to hire), (4) GRE scores, and (5) the names and contact information of three references (at least to references must be research/academia related) to:

Dr. Alison Coulter
Email: acoulter@siu.edu

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of individuals with disability and protected verterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

grad student opportunity – NMSU

Graduate Student Opportunity (MSc or PhD) – Algae Biofuel; Aquatic Ecology Location: New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, NM 
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University (NMSU) seeks a motivated Master’s (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) Student to participate in a Department of Energy (DOE)- funded project aimed to increase algal biomass productivity through the design of microbial consortia. The project was developed in response to the Bioenergy Technologies’ Office (BETO) Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK) FOA (http://bit.ly/2HBN1i4). 
Duties: The student will compare the productivity and stability of bacteria-algae combinations that were designed by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Consortium to that of algal monocultures through outdoor raceway trials in Las Cruces, NM. The student will be responsible for algal cultivation, daily sample collection, and laboratory analyses as well as occasional weekend duties. In addition, the student will design and conduct their own research according to interest. 
Desired qualifications: Technical (electrical and computer) skills and abilities to trouble-shoot and make minor repairs to outdoor algae raceways; basic knowledge of cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, and statistics; willingness to work independently as well as in a team, including outdoors in hot and cold weather; ability to lift 50 lbs; display common sense, awareness for safety, and efficiency. 
Travel to scientific meetings is encouraged and will be funded. 
The application deadline is October 31 and the starting date is either January 15, 2019 (spring semester) or August 15, 2019 (fall semester). The successful applicant will have to apply to NMSU graduate school. For further information or to submit your application (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of three references) contact: 
Dr. Wiebke Boeing
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology New Mexico State University
2980, South Espina; 132, Knox Hall
Las Cruces, NM, 88003-0003
(575) 646-1707

Graduate position: UtahStateU.PlantMicrobeInteractions

The Schaeffer Lab in the Department of Biology at Utah State University
(USU) is looking for MS/PhD students starting Fall 2019. Potential to start
earlier however may be possible for the right candidate.

The lab uses experiments and field studies, coupled with chemical,
molecular, and bioinformatic techniques, to examine the ecology and
evolution of cross-kingdom interactions between plants, insects, and
microbes in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Many research
topics can be pursued, including but not limited to, the chemical and
evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions,
microbial-assisted biocontrol of plant disease and invasives, among others.
Students are welcome to work on systems in which research is already being
pursued in the lab; however, I strongly encourage development of
independent lines of research, as well as pursuit of external funding
to support
those efforts.

The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for
education, training, funding, and collaboration. All graduate students in
the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for up
to 3 (MS students) or 6 (PhD students) years through a combination of
fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.
Moreover, abundant opportunities for collaboration exist, given the vibrant
research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology
Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous
plants respectively. Finally, being centered in the Cache Valley of
northern Utah, Logan offers abundant recreation opportunities, given close
proximity to the Wasatch Range, as well as National parks.

Prospective students should email me (schaeffer.robert@gmail.com) with a
note expressing research interests, as well as a description of your past
research experience. Please include your C.V. and contact information for
three references. Ideal applicants will have: background in plant or
microbial ecology, or related subject; strong written and oral
communication skills, strong quantitative and/or bioinformatic skills;
ability to work independently or part of a collaborative team.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information:

Robert Schaeffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (starting Jan 2019)
Department of Biology
Utah State University


M.S./Ph.D. Graduate Assistantships in Disease Ecology at Virginia Tech

M.S./Ph.D. Graduate Assistantships in Disease Ecology at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Laboratory of Disease Ecology and Biogeography
Blacksburg, VA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Stipend, tuition, and student health benefits
Last Date to Apply
October 20, 2018
Are you interested in understanding why epidemics occur in some places but not others? Many studies have shown that infectious diseases do not occur at random; outbreaks occur under specific environmental conditions facilitated by specific human activities and behaviors. To effectively control and anticipate epidemics, it is indispensable to understand the ecological factors that better explain the occurrence of an outbreak. Disease ecology helps to determine how changes in the environment are associated with emerging infectious diseases. MS and/or PhD student positions are available for Spring 2019/Fall 2019 to conduct research in the areas of biogeography and ecology of infectious diseases. The intended research will use ecological niche modeling and other analytical tools to study infectious diseases affecting humans and wildlife. Potential research topics include rabies, vector-borne diseases, mange, and others. In addition to research work, responsibilities will include acquiring teaching experience, raising extramural funding for international internships and research work, and mentoring of undergraduate students. We are seeking highly motivated students to be part of a research team investigating diseases using theory and methods from ecology and biogeography. Preference will be given to candidates with evident passion for these topics and quantitative and writing skills.
The positions are based within Dr. Luis Escobar at the Laboratory of Disease Ecology and Biogeography, in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, which is affiliated to the Global Change Center and part of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, the No. 1 ranked natural resources program in the US (by USA Today) for three years running.
The Escobar’s group is highly collaborative and works with researchers in universities across the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and with state, federal, and non-governmental agencies. International students are accepted. This position includes full tuition and salary support. Minorities and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.
Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The New River Valley offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area. The thriving community boasts a plethora of unique and chain restaurants and stores, symphonies, theatres, historical attractions, museums, a vibrant night-life, sporting events, outdoor recreation activities, and a temperate climate. We have mountains to the west, the ocean to the east, and Washington D.C. to the north.
The Laboratory has a long history of multidisciplinary research. Students from diverse academic backgrounds with interest in joining the lab are encouraged to apply (e.g., B.S. in wildlife, ecology, computer sciences, statistics, mathematics, or related fields are welcomed). Applicants must have a strong work ethic; quantitative, oral, and written communication skills; high attention to detail; the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a culturally diverse team; and capacity to work long hours. A prior DVM or a MS in ecology, epidemiology, or related biological or health sciences would be a plus, although not required.
To apply
Send a single pdf including: 1) a cover letter of no more than two pages that highlights your research interests, interest in graduate school, interest in infectious diseases, and why we should consider your application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; 4) sample of scientific writing (e.g., a manuscript in preparation, an undergraduate thesis, published manuscript as first author); and 5) contact information for 3 references who can explain your research skills and interests. Application consideration will begin on October 20, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled. References will only be contacted after applicants are notified.
Contact Person
Contact Dr. Luis Escobar at escobar1@vt.edu for additional questions and to submit your application.

PhD position: Dynamics and viability of trailing-edge populations

Subject: PhD position: Dynamics and viability of trailing-edge populations

A PhD position is available in the Chandler Lab at the University of Georgia to study the dynamics and viability of trailing-edge populations of birds near their southern breeding range limits in the Appalachian Mountains. The research will involve collecting demographic data on bird populations, and developing novel statistical models to forecast spatio-temporal population dynamics in response to environmental change in the region. Five years of data have already been collected. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in population ecology and statistical modeling.
Field experience with songbirds is desirable but not required. Four years of funding is available through a NSF CAREER grant. The start date is negotiable, but is anticipated to be August 1, 2019. Applicants should send a single PDF including a coverletter, CV, and contact information for three references to Richard Chandler (rchandler@warnell.uga.edu). Applications will be accepted until Dec 1, 2018.

Graduate position: EastCarolinaU.FrogColorEvolution

I am seeking a PhD student to carry out research associated with an
NSF-supported project focused on the genetic underpinnings of mimicry and
color pattern evolution in a mimetic radiation of poison frogs in Peru
(see description below), starting in Spring or Fall 2019. Candidates
must have a strong academic record and be motivated to continue
learning. Desirable qualifications for the position include an interest
in the evolutionary biology and genetics of tropical amphibians, and
some combination of 1) background in evolutionary genetics or genomics,
2) experience working in a molecular genetics laboratory, 3) previous
work with amphibians and captive breeding, 4) fieldwork on amphibians
(especially in Latin America), 5) programming experience in R, Python
and/or UNIX.

Direct support through research assistantships is available for 2
years, followed by support through teaching assistantships (at least 5
years of support in total). The Department of Biology at ECU is large
and multidisciplinary, with strong research groups in evolution,
ecology, behavior and genomics: see www.ecu.edu/biology for more
information on the department. East Carolina University is located
in Greenville, North Carolina, centrally located between Raleigh and
the Outer Banks. The Summers lab focuses on evolution, ecology and
behavior of the Neotropical poison frogs. See my lab research page at
http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/summersk/research-page/ for more information. I
encourage applications from minorities and under-represented groups of
all kinds. Please send a letter detailing your research interests and
experience, as well as a current CV (including coursework), GRE scores
(if available), and names and addresses of three references, to Kyle
Summers (summersk@ecu.edu).

This project combines three research groups with complementary skills
and realms of expertise to investigate the genetic basis and population
genomic processes underlying color pattern divergence in the context of
mimicry in the Peruvian mimic poison frog, Ranitomeya imitator: Dr. Kyle
Summers (East Carolina University), Dr. Rasmus Nielsen (UC Berkeley)
and Dr. Matthew MacManes (University of New Hampshire). The project will
make use of several different approaches: 1. Next generation sequencing
(RNAseq, Illumina platform) will be used to produce transcriptomes across
species, color pattern morphs, and color patches within morphs. These
will be assembled and used to investigate patterns of differential gene
expression. 2.  Genome-wide marker arrays (exome capture sequences)
will be used to screen transition zone samples and enable divergence
and admixture mapping to identify candidate genes. 3. We will test the
association of specific candidate loci with color pattern variation
using pedigree analyses of candidate genes identified from 1 and 2,
using a multigenerational pedigree. 4. We will investigate the expression
patterns of these genes in developing embryos using designed hybridization
probes. 5. We will use phylogenomic methods to reconstruct the evolution
of the divergent populations of R. imitator, and of the color genes in
those populations. 6. We will test specific hypotheses regarding selection
and demographic processes in the transition zones and between mimics and
models. Together these complementary, mutually reinforcing approaches
will begin to reveal the genetic underpinnings and population genomics
of color pattern diversity in this mimetic radiation of poison frogs.

Kyle Summers
Dept. of Biology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858

“Summers, Kyle” <SUMMERSK@ecu.edu>


Graduate Positions: RiceU.Ecology&Evolution

The Department of BioSciences at Rice University invites applications for admission into our Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program. BioSciences is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in Ecology and Evolution, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience. Our EEB program has particular strengths in animal behavior, population and community ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary genetics and genomics.
The following faculty members are potentially accepting graduate students for Fall 2019:
Lydia Beaudrot (beaudrot@rice.edu): community ecology, macroecology, and conservation biology of tropical mammals
Adrienne Correa (ac53@rice.edu): coral reef virus isolation and characterization, multipartite symbioses, SISPA, omics, community ecology
Scott Egan (scott.p.egan@rice.edu): population genetics and genomics of rare species, environmental DNA surveillance, community metagenetics, conservation biology, evolutionary biology
Volker Rudolf (volker.rudolf@rice.edu): Community, population, and disease ecology; climate change; biodiversity
Julia Saltz (julia.b.saltz@rice.edu): Development and evolution of individual differences in behavior, behavioral genetics, evolutionary feedbacks, phenotypic plasticity, learning.
We offer highly competitive financial support, a supportive and friendly environment, and light teaching requirements for graduate students. We are located in Houston, Texas, an exciting, diverse, and affordable city with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Rice is located beside one of the country’s largest medical research centers, providing additional opportunities in bioinformatics and genomics.
Completed applications should be received by December 31 to ensure full consideration. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors before applying. Complete information about the graduate program, including application instructions and how waive the application fee, may be found at https://biosciences.rice.edu/graduate-studies/eeb-grad-program

Graduate Residency – Masters of Natural Resources

Subject: Graduate Residency – Masters of Natural Resources
Graduate Residency – Master of Natural Resources
Scholarships of $8000 available. Start: August 2019
A University of Idaho, McCall Outdoor Science School graduate resident develops the skills and expertise to impact the workforce and the world.
This one-year experience supports two degree options: a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) or a graduate certificate that enhances a current Ph.D study plan. Each option provides students with experience and marketability.
Graduate residents in the Environmental Education and Science Communication program:
To inquire about application details, contact Leslie Dorsey, ldorsey@uidaho.edu or call 208-885-1085.

Graduate position in quantitative community and spatial ecology

Subject: Graduate position in quantitative community and spatial ecology

The Shoemaker lab is accepting applications for 1-2 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) who will start fall 2019 at the University of Wyoming in the Program in Ecology or the Botany Department. Our lab’s research broadly focuses on understanding spatial and temporal community dynamics and coexistence. We combine ecological theory and modeling with experimental tests of underlying mechanisms across a variety of systems, using protist microcosms, grassland manipulations, and long-term datasets. Our research focuses on how spatial heterogeneity, dispersal, and stochasticity alter coexistence of competing species and underlying community composition. More information on our research can be found at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flaurenshoemaker.weebly.com%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6dee99f309ad4e9484d708d61e1521f8%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636729473459601649&amp;sdata=VYAV6YJxTKkqSSZpdwaK0Wm7GNsRou3jqz6wID4lcig%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Qualified applicants should have previous research experience that matches any of the lab’s general research themes, and students with strong quantitative backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We are interested in students from a diversity of backgrounds, including ecology, biology, mathematics, and computer science. We value diversity and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Graduate students will be supported in part by a new 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant to the University of Wyoming. Additional details can be found at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uwyo.edu%2Fepscor%2Fmicrobial-ecology%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6dee99f309ad4e9484d708d61e1521f8%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636729473459601649&amp;sdata=ynRAWkVe6lOiJZV8z3pCFup27ZL4q1HSo6CPDcNg0AA%3D&amp;reserved=0.

To apply, contact Dr. Lauren Shoemaker at lshoema1@uwyo.edu with (1) a CV that includes relevant research or work experience, GPA, and relevant previous classes and (2) a brief description of your research background, future research ideas, and interest in joining the lab. This will allow us to discuss research interests and fit before submitting an official application. The application deadline is January 31 (Program in Ecology) or February 1 (Botany), however applicants are encouraged to express interest as soon as possible.

The University of Wyoming has a total enrollment of 12,000 full-time students with active ecological research across multiple departments, including Botany, Zoology and Physiology, Ecosystem Science and Management, and the Program in Ecology. The university is located in Laramie, a mountain town with a relatively low cost of living that is close to multiple field sites, several mountain ranges, and within easy driving distance of Colorado’s Front Range corridor (Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver). The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy.  Please see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.uwyo.edu%2Fdiversity%2Ffairness&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6dee99f309ad4e9484d708d61e1521f8%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636729473459601649&amp;sdata=44sp0KtaDPbAUJU9%2FGjiHZj5yDPdtwVZEjzlbaUwW%2Bg%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Graduate student positions in plant-microbe interactions

Subject: Graduate student positions in plant-microbe interactions

The Schaeffer Lab in the Department of Biology at Utah State University (USU) is looking for MS/PhD students starting Fall 2019. Potential to start earlier however may be possible for the right candidate.

The lab uses experiments and field studies, coupled with chemical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques, to examine the ecology and evolution of cross-kingdom interactions between plants, insects, and microbes in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Many research topics can be pursued, including but not limited to, the chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions, microbial-assisted biocontrol of plant disease and invasives, among others. Students are welcome to work on systems in which research is already being pursued in the lab; however, I strongly encourage development of independent lines of research, as well as pursuit of external funding to support those efforts.

The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for up to 3 (MS students) or 6 (PhD students) years through a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Moreover, abundant opportunities for collaboration exist, given the vibrant research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous plants respectively. Finally, being centered in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, Logan offers abundant
recreation opportunities, given close proximity to the Wasatch Range, as well as National parks.

Prospective students should email me (schaeffer.robert@gmail.com) with a note expressing research interests, as well as a description of your past research experience. Please include your C.V. and contact information for three references. Ideal applicants will have: background in plant or microbial ecology, or related subject; strong written and oral communication skills, strong quantitative and/or bioinformatic skills; ability to work independently or part of a collaborative team.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information:

Robert Schaeffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (starting Jan 2019)
Department of Biology
Utah State University

PhD assistantship: modeling virus transmission in salmon

Subject: PhD assistantship: modeling virus transmission in salmon
Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a PhD student to begin in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019.
Research will focus on modeling transmission of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) in salmonids in the Columbia River Basin. IHNV causes severe disease, predominantly in juvenile steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and less frequently in Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). Mortality events following IHNV infection can be devastating for individual hatchery programs. In this project, there will be close collaboration with colleagues at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, University of Washington, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and fish health agencies. The specific research questions will be determined based on the interests of the student and collaborators. For more background, see: Ferguson, Breta, Brito, Kurath, LaDeau. 2018. An epidemiological model of virus transmission in salmonid fishes of the Columbia River Basin. Ecological Modelling 377: 1-15.
Applicants should have a background in many of the following: fisheries management, disease ecology, epidemiology, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent modeling research.
To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson@ua.edu) the following:
1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in Dr. Ferguson’s lab
2. your transcript(s) (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.
Applications are due November 1. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12 month stipend, and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year.
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Ferguson’s Research: http://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu
Outdoor opportunities in Alabama: http://www.outdooralabama.com
Dr. Paige Ferguson
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama

Graduate Positions Bee Ecology OSU

Toxic Risks to Bees in Urban and Agricultural Landscapes

Drs. Reed Johnson and Mary Gardiner, The Ohio State University, Department of Entomology, are seeking PhD students to investigate the impacts of toxic exposure on bee health and conservation in urban and agricultural environments. Soils in urban Cleveland, OH contains elevated levels of Pb, Cd, Cr, and other contaminants. Pesticide use in agricultural areas expose bees to potentially harmful levels of neonicotinoid insecticides, particularly through dust generated during corn planting.  Both urban and agricultural areas are being studied as potential sites for arthropod conservation, thus it is vital to understand if a legacy of soil contamination or insecticide exposure influences their value for bee biodiversity and productivity. Students could quantify the impacts of pesticide or heavy metal exposure by studying bee foraging behavior, reproduction, and/or pollination services in wild or managed bees. The successful candidates would conduct a combination of laboratory and field-based research. Students with experience working with bees, extracting DNA, conducting PCR analyses, and using bioinformatics tools are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected students would begin their programs in Fall, 2019.
Minimum requirements to apply include previous research experience, a
3.6 or higher undergraduate GPA and a 75th percentile or higher average on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE.

To learn more about our projects please email us a brief statement of your interests along with a CV or resume.

Reed Johnson

Mary Gardiner

Ph.D. position in grassland plant community dynamics and climate change

Subject: Ph.D. position in grassland plant community dynamics and climate change

The Damschen Plant Community Ecology Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for a Ph.D. student position that will start in fall 2019.
Our lab seeks to understand the impact of local and regional processes on plant community composition and diversity within the context of global change impacts and potential conservation and restoration solutions. Our research lies at the interaction of basic and applied community ecology, using long-term datasets and large-scale experiments to test basic theory with relevance to applied conservation management.
While we work across ecosystem types, we focus on fire-maintained grasslands and savannas. More information about our research group can be found here: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdamschenlab.zoology.wisc.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C52526eacddc64a5281e908d61e14f7bd%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636729472732874891&amp;sdata=ESmbt9MQe%2BvWvLUypOujmhBPGe1%2F7l1%2B6E9apNi5T9U%3D&amp;reserved=0

Outstanding Ph.D. student applicants with research interests that match with any of the overarching themes of our lab are encouraged to apply.
In particular, students interested in how disturbance regimes interact with climate change to affect plant communities are encouraged to apply.
We have recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to determine how disturbance by fire affects grassland and savanna plant community responses to winter climate change in Wisconsin and would like to accept one student to work on a thematically related dissertation project.

Qualified applicants should have a strong background in ecology and evolution and experience identifying and sampling plant communities.
Students who have a background in statistics, are willing to develop their quantitative skills, and have programming experience using R are preferred. Strong writing, communication, collaboration, and mentoring skills are also required. The position will be funded by research and/or teaching assistantships.

To apply, contact Dr. Ellen Damschen several weeks before the application deadline at damschen@wisc.edu with a CV or resume, undergraduate GPA, GRE scores and percentiles, and a brief description of research background, interests, and how they may fit with the broader research in the Damschen Lab. This will allow time to assess whether your research interests fit with our research group before submitting an official application. We value diversity and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Official applications to our graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are due December 1, 2018.
Instructions on how to apply can be found on our departmental webpage at
students/. Please indicate in your application that you are interested in applying to the Damschen Lab. Note that our departmental graduate program name is “Zoology”, but this is a broad program that does not place limits on the taxonomic scope of questions being pursued (plant ecologists welcome!). The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong program and rich history in ecological and conservation science. More about ecology at UW-Madison can be found at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fecology.wisc.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C52526eacddc64a5281e908d61e14f7bd%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636729472732884900&amp;sdata=xkzQ6P6%2BQ%2BxzOL3RrNcDMKEk8flGojfbG%2FG6OH%2BK1w4%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Volunteer Research Assistant in Avian Seed Dispersal

Subject: Volunteer Research Assistant in Avian Seed Dispersal

SUMMARY: 1 volunteer research assistant is needed for approximately 4 months beginning December 15th 2018 to assist a PhD student investigating avian seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic.

ORGANIZATION: Avian Ecology Lab, Old Dominion University (Virginia, United States)

RESEARCH LOCATION: Jarabacoa, La Vega, Dominican Republic

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The volunteer field assistant will be trained to identify approximately 40 species of birds and 50 species of fruit- bearing plants in order to carry out avian biodiversity and plant phenology surveys. Other data collection protocols will include focal foraging observations on marked populations of plants, collecting samples from seed traps, collecting/identifying fruits and botanical samples, and data entry. The volunteer will be expected to assist with some manual labor activities such as plot fence repair and maintaining rustic trails along transects. The field crew will work 5-6 days per week with the sixth day typically devoted to service and conservation projects overseen by local partners. Such work may involve invasive species control, forest restoration project, and development of educational materials for local school groups.

For more information about the project, visit:

LOGISTICS & COMPENSATION: Accommodations will be provided at a rental house that operates as a field station. Meals, consisting of typical Dominican food, will be provided to the volunteer at no cost during their stay. Reimbursement will be provided for food expenses for daily field trips to distant sites. All costs for in-country transportation and lodging will be provided by the project (with the exception of recreational trips on off-days). Transportation to field sites (i.e.
rural farms) will be as a passenger in a 4×4 SUV or as a passenger on a motor-bike. No funds are available for air travel to/from the Dominican Republic, and volunteers are expected to cover these costs. The target start date for this position is December 17th, 2018 (flexible) and the assistant must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 weeks on the project.

FIELD STATION & AMENITIES: Assistants should expect to share a dormitory-style room with a male roommate. Potable water, (cold) showers, and wireless internet are available at the field station.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS: Competitive candidates for this position will have a demonstrated interest in botanical or wildlife research in the field. The applicant must be in good physical condition with a willingness to tolerate difficult working conditions. We regularly hike
10 km each day off-trail, often carrying 20-30 lbs of equipment, going up and down steep slopes, frequently crossing barbed wire fences. Strong organizational skills are expected for this position to adequately manage data collection and entry as well as the ability to work independently at times. Intermediate verbal communication skills in Spanish is highly preferred, and applicants will be tested on this ability during the interview. These communication skills are essential, since the volunteer will spend most of the time working in a team setting with a Dominican field crew leader as well as communicating with private land owners and our conservation partners.

OTHER COMMENTS: This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in field ecology, wildlife/plant sciences, and conservation biology for their careers. Undergraduates considering applying should communicate with their academic advisor to inquire about the possibility of using the experience to count for course credits.

Please send…
(1) A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and summarizing your relevant background and professional goals. I especially want to know how you see this experience benefiting your career development.
(2) A resume or CV detailing your education and experiences relevant to the qualifications discussed above (2 page max).
(3) Information for 2-3 references who, preferably, know your work habits in a field or laboratory/office setting. Provide name, title, and email for each of these persons.

Materials must be received by October 15th 2018 to guarantee consideration, though interviews may begin sooner. Decisions will be made when a qualified candidate is found, following phone/Skype interviews and consulting references.

Email all materials as a single PDF file attachment using the subject header “Volunteer Research Assistant Application” to:

Spencer Schubert
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Email: sschu001@odu.edu

Graduate position: VirginiaTech.EvolutionaryGenetics

The McGlothlin lab at Virginia Tech is looking for enthusiastic and
motivated Ph.D. students beginning in fall 2019. Students will develop
independent dissertation projects in evolutionary genetics or evolutionary
ecology that complement work in the lab. Ongoing projects in the lab
examine molecular evolution of toxin resistance genes in snakes, lizards,
and birds, evolutionary quantitative genetics of Anolis lizards,
and social evolution theory (http://www.mcglothlin.biol.vt.edu/research/).

The McGlothlin lab is part of the growing Ecology, Evolution, and
Behavior and Integrative Organismal Biology groups in Virginia Tech’s
Department of Biological Sciences. Interested students should contact Joel
McGlothlin (joelmcg@vt.edu), providing a description of your research
interests and experience, a CV or resume, and contact information for
three references. Applicants interested in applying for a NSF GRFP
are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss project
ideas. For full consideration, applications to the department should be
received by December 15, 2018.

Additional information:
McGlothlin lab: http://www.mcglothlin.biol.vt.edu/
Graduate program: https://www.biol.vt.edu/Graduates.html
Grad app: https://www.biol.vt.edu/Graduates/how_to_apply.html
Biological Sciences at VT: https://www.biol.vt.edu/
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at VT:

Joel W. McGlothlin
Virginia Tech, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Derring Hall 2125, 926 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Email: joelmcg@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-0046
Office: Derring Hall 4038

Joel McGlothlin <joelmcg@vt.edu>

Job: Columbia_NYC.LabTech.EvolutionaryGenomics

Title: Lab Technician or Manager in Evolutionary Genomics
Start: 2018 Flexible
Location: Columbia University, New York City
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B).
Lab URL: https://secure-web.cisco.com/1QgBTR9HWtr_9N-TDTiwAdGF3PBiyvR3NjIYhqcUWkcESOfhsYsi_1ynwexZsp1Pmq4Z7WTvd4c4zr9RapWzr-aQ_6eACt_hER7j_YDPXDOWNNR3YQv2zReWj0f95280lXjhaIYq2pvtdj7ANZGBIPEoAk7kERXZt8DA5OdNKMopvTr71G5YN5sUvZKtVy2DymcowVdFNuUf38aNY7E93xtePcIX_PBVZn8EZoA82G_6iCW1vB1j8K73RmcydJIWlaycyst6nPHN6obSgUVxEBFAYC2AwRAa5Q6-tRQAv4qUvKc9cDZD_vHiTas5fDc_JCIhNxcmpdSh-ixGqj5Sl5S4vUc-kRnX_TQsHxbYxxCAy-5PZG5knYmtLR2kXtDbGWNMURkawMgXiB4imDXd0dYeirF3CimDdboP9hhJYP3ECL36UdlQsU-U6JGzbnJgj3AO2ZHiB8upks9URNJP9JCLfnuriqnu-zFWXSYMOMLc-ICJ-v8ciqBR_ZZIDAsFp/https%3A%2F%2Featon-lab.org
Job URL: https://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=171838

The Eaton lab in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental
Biology seeks to hire a full time lab technician/manager for molecular
laboratory work on plant evolutionary genomics.

The lab’s work investigates the consequences of hybridization for
phylogenetic inference, the evolution of reproductive characters,
speciation, and diversification. Several current projects are aimed at
optimizing genomic library preparation methods for investigating these
types of questions.

The ideal candidate will have experience with DNA extractions and
library preparations, will have a strong interest in evolutionary
genomics, and a meticulous attention to detail. Work in the lab will
involve learning and implementing a diverse array of methods including
DNA extractions, preparation of genomic libraries for Oxford Nanopore,
RAD, WGS, tagmentation, and transcriptomics sequencing; providing
support to or supervising and training students; maintaining lab
databases; and ordering and maintaining supplies. Many opportunities
will be available to contribute towards co-authorship in peer-reviewed

**This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of extension
contingent on successful performance and continued funding.**

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors or Graduate degree in Biological

Salary Range: $35,000 – $40,000 depending on qualifications.

Please submit applications and your CV to the Columbia jobs link
Interested applicants are also encouraged to contact Deren
(de2356@columbia.edu) by email to submit a short personal statement and
to discuss the position.


Deren Eaton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Affiliate Member, Data Science Institute
Columbia University

Deren Eaton <de2356@columbia.edu>


Job: UPittsburgh.AnimalCareTechnician

The Stephenson Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of

Arts & Sciences, is seeking a technician to manage animal (fish) care,
maintenance of laboratory equipment, purchase supplies, and help
supervise undergraduate lab assistants. This position will also be
responsible for generating and analyzing data for ongoing projects on
host-parasite ecology and evolution (guppy-Gyrodactylus) and providing
technical assistance to other personnel involved in these projects who
are using similar techniques. Excellent communication skills,
experience with fish maintenance (particularly in recirculating systems
such as Aquaneering) and basic molecular techniques are preferred. The
incumbent will help train new personnel who are recruited to the
project and help supervise the efforts of undergraduates. The Dietrich
School of Arts & Sciences is committed to building a culturally diverse
staff. The role requires excellent interpersonal and
relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a
wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse
community. Research in the Stephenson Lab focusses on disease
evolutionary ecology. We are interested in the factors that influence
infectious disease transmission in natural populations. For directly
transmitted parasites, transmission between conspecific hosts is
largely determined by host social behaviour. Our research focusses on
how biotic and abiotic conditions modify this social behaviour. Work in
the lab mostly uses the guppy and its gyrodactylid parasites to
investigate how changes in these ecological conditions, and hence
transmission, may drive evolutionary change in both the host and
parasite. More information about the lab can be found at
jfstephenson.com, and about the position at
https://www.pittsource.com/postings/166587 For more information or to
make an informal inquiry about the position, please send a CV and a
cover letter to Jess Stephenson (jess.stephenson@pitt.edu). Review of
applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open
until the right candidate is found.

“Stephenson, Jessica F” <jess.stephenson@pitt.edu>


Graduate position: UAlabama.MusselCommunityGenomics

A PhD position in comparative population genomics of
southeastern freshwater mussels is available in the Lozier lab
(http://lozierlab.ua.edu/) at the University of Alabama Department of
Biological Sciences (https://bsc.ua.edu/) as part of a recently funded
NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project. We are looking to recruit a
highly motivated PhD student to examine comparative population genetics of
freshwater mussel communities in streams of the Mobile and Tennessee River
basins, which is a major biodiversity hotspot for mussels and several
other freshwater taxa.  The project will involve extensive high throughput
sequencing of numerous populations and species (including whole genome
and reduced representation sequencing), with the goal of understanding how
population and species level processes relate to broader eco-evolutionary
processes. More details relating to the study objectives can been found
at the project website (http://mussels.ua.edu/). The student will be
expected to develop specific research questions relating to population,
conservation, and landscape genetics within the context of these broader
project objectives.

Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written
and verbal communication skills, and a desire to build strong quantitative
and data management skills. Experience in laboratory and computational
analysis of modern genetic data is preferred. The student will work
closely with a postdoc and another PhD student being simultaneously
recruited by Carla Atkinsons lab (http://atkinsonlab.ua.edu/) at UA
and with collaborators at the University of Mississippi, so an interest
in working as part of a collaborative team is a must.

Interested applicants should send a (1) cover letter describing research
experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts
and GRE scores, (4) a writing example, and (5) contact information of 2-3
individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Jeff Lozier
(jlozier@ua.edu). Start date is negotiable for Spring, Summer, or Fall
2019 semesters. Review of materials will start immediately.

Jeff Lozier
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama
jlozier@ua.edu | lozierlab.ua.edu

“Lozier, Jeffrey” <jlozier@ua.edu>


Graduate position: IndianaStateU.EvolutionaryGenomics

Graduate position opportunities in Ecological Genomics

We are looking for motivated students interested in behavioral
evolutionary, and ecological genomics to join our laboratory at Indiana
State University (ISU). These graduate positions are part of a new
interdisciplinary initiative at ISU, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
(TCGA), which is focused on the application of genomic technology to
the betterment of society. TCGA is developing a state-of-the-art next
generation sequencing facility, which is being used to provide hands-on
experience for students as well as string infrastructure for modern
genomic studies.

Graduate research will be expected to combine traditional behavioral
ecology studies with next-generation sequencing technology to examine
the evolution of polymorphism in the white-throated sparrow. Student will
conduct extensive laboratory work as well as participate in field based
data collection during the breeding season.  This species exhibits a clear
link between phenotype and genotype, making it an ideal system in which
to pinpoint the determinants of complex sexual and parental behavior. We
have amassed 30 years of detailed data on this species making it possible
to identify the genetic, epigenetic, and environmental bases of behavior.
Morphs of the white-throated sparrow provide a unique opportunity to study
intraspecific genomic differences, which have resulted from two separate,
yet linked evolutionary trajectories. Such results can transform our
understanding of the evolution of genomes.

To apply, please send a letter of intent and curriculum by October 31,
2018. The subject of the email should mention: WTSP project Graduate

For more information about the positions, please feel free to contact
Dr. Rusty A. Gonser (rusty.gonser@indstate.edu), at the Center for
Genomics Advocacy (TCGA), Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.

For more information about the lab, TCGA, the department, and the
university, see:


Dr. Rusty A. Gonser
Professor, Department of biology
Director of the Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA)
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Phone: 812.234.9220
Email : rusty.gonser@indstate.edu

Zoe Delefortrie <zdelefortrie@sycamores.indstate.edu>


Funded Graduate Student Position at Utah State – Fire Ecology and Management

Recruiting 1 M.S. student – Fire Ecology and Management – Utah State University

We are recruiting 1 MS graduate student, starting January 2019. The student will work on a fully-funded project to use broad-scale spatial analysis, existing monitoring data, and fire behavior modeling to assess the effectiveness of fuel treatments in meeting land management objectives in Utah. Applicants should be comfortable working with large datasets, including spatial data. Familiarity with ArcGIS and R is preferred.

For more information, please contact Larissa Yocom at larissa.yocom@usu.edu. If you’d like to apply, please send me 1) a letter describing your research interests, 2) a resume or CV, 3) GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) names and contact information for 3 references. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

Graduate students may obtain degrees through the Department of Wildland Resources or the Ecology Center at Utah State. Utah State is located in Logan, which is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City and positioned in a scenic mountain basin with nearby wilderness areas, ski resorts, forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The cost of living in Logan is low, the community is very safe, and it is within a day’s drive of multiple national parks.


Field/Lab Research Specialist for CAP LTER (Arizona)

One week left in application period!

The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) program, an affiliate of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, is seeking a full-time Research Specialist to assist with ecological field and laboratory research in support of an extensive, interdisciplinary, long-term project. CAP LTER has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 1997 to study the urban ecology of the greater Phoenix region and surrounding desert. Research Specialist will perform a wide variety of standard field and laboratory experimental procedures including, but not limited to, maintenance of field sites and collection of field data; maintenance and download of field sensors; collection and processing of water samples; operation of laboratory equipment used to process field samples; and collection and QA/QC of ecological data. Position will also assist with maintaining lab safety, ordering lab supplies, and making minor repairs of equipment.

To review and apply to this position, please visit https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcfo.asu.edu%2Fapplicant&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C2c5ecfa8896847b1825408d61d52e8bc%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636728639263108087&amp;sdata=YGdre0%2F1NcGpd%2BxP1z2FO7R4BbT%2BCtqlgCbJ4c0iYTg%3D&amp;reserved=0 and search for job requisition number 45464BR.The application deadline is September 24, 2018, 3:00PM MST.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Graduate student opportunities in infectious disease ecology

Several infectious disease faculty within the College of Science at Virginia Tech are currently recruiting motivated and enthusiastic students with interest in disease ecology, epidemiology, and evolution. Infectious disease ecology is a rapidly expanding area of interest at Virginia Tech with multiple opportunities for cross-cutting interdisciplinary training. Recruiting faculty are members of multiple departments and interested students should contact specific advisors to discuss project and opportunities within those labs.
            Kate Langwig, Biological Sciences
            Dana Hawley, Biological Sciences
            Lisa Belden, Biological Sciences        
            Leah Johnson, Statistics & Biological Sciences
            Lauren Childs, Mathematics
            Stanca Ciupe, Mathematics
Virginia Tech combines world-class research opportunities with a high quality of life. The cost of living is relatively low in Blacksburg, VA, and there are ample opportunities for outdoor recreational activities (hiking, kayaking, mountain biking etc.).

Langwig Lab
The Langwig lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is currently recruiting enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. students beginning in fall 2019. Students are expected to develop independent projects in disease ecology and evolution that complement work in the lab. Ongoing projects include both theoretical and empirical work on both human and wildlife disease systems, and a primary system of focus is white-nose syndrome in bats. Potential research projects include heterogeneity in host-pathogen interactions, mechanisms of host-pathogen persistence, and wildlife disease ecology and conservation.
Interested applicants should have a strong interest in disease ecology and evolution, and a passion to positively influence science, conservation, and global health. Students are expected to obtain quantitative skills, and learn some programming. Students with previous experience in math, statistics, engineering, and computer science are especially encouraged to apply.
More details about work in the Langwig lab can be found here. Prospective students should include a statement of research interests in the email text, a CV, and list of at least three references to klangwig AT vt.edu with the subject “Prospective Graduate Student”.

Hawley Lab
The Hawley lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech (https://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/hawley/) is looking for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in vertebrate disease ecology. Research in the Hawley Lab takes an integrative approach to disease ecology and evolution, addressing topics such as the host microbiome and disease dynamics, bidirectional interactions between host behavior and disease, the ecology and evolution of host tolerance, and the evolution of pathogen virulence. Ph.D. students are generally expected to develop their own projects within the lab’s general focus. For Fall 2019, the Hawley lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in addressing the role of the host microbiome in disease dynamics, using house finches and the naturally-occurring bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum as a model system. Although candidates are encouraged to pursue extramural funding opportunities, accepted Ph.D. students are guaranteed 5 years of funding (including summers) through a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships.  Students in the Hawley Lab are also eligible to apply for the Interfaces of Global Change program (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/), an exciting interdisciplinary Ph.D. program only offered at Virginia Tech.
The Hawley lab seeks a diversity of graduate students and strives to be a safe space for all individuals. Interested students should contact me directly (hawleyd@vt.edu) and include a brief summary of your past research experience and interests, your CV, and a sample of scientific writing (this could be a manuscript in preparation, an undergraduate thesis, or simply a research paper from a class). Preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience with independent research, preferably in ecology or a related field. Formal applications are due to the graduate school by Dec 1st, but I will begin reviewing informal applications (those sent directly to me) on Oct 10th and I will notify students as to whether or not they should formally apply by Nov 10th.

Belden Lab
In the Belden Lab (https://www.belden.biol.vt.edu/) at Virginia Tech we primarily study community ecology, with a focus on understanding how complex communities influence disease dynamics in natural systems.  Most of our work has focused on addressing these questions in the symbiotic microbial communities that reside on amphibian skin and in communities of freshwater trematode parasites.  However, our work has expanded in recent years to include some new and exciting systems, including song birds, honey bees and wheat.  I will be recruiting 1-2 students to join the lab in fall, 2019.  At least one of these positions will be to work on honey bees and their Nosema parasites.  Interested students can send me an email (belden@vt.edu), and attach a CV with GRE scores (the GRE scores are for the University to make sure you meet the minimum requirements) and a 1 page outline of a few project ideas that you would be interested in if you were to join the lab, a summary of your past research experience and a little bit about your career goals.  I use that to gauge where your specific interests and skills fit with both my interests and with other students already in the lab. 

Johnson (QED) Lab
The Quantitative Ecological Dynamics lab (QED Lab — http://leah.johnson-gramacy.com/QED/) we seek to answer biological questions using quantitative tools, including mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling. We work on a broad range of ecological and biological problems, with a current primary focus on the ecology of vector-borne infections (such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya, blue tongue, and citrus greening). Other recent and current project include foraging and bioenergetics of albatrosses, the thermal ecology of chytridiomycosis, and statistical inference for ecosystem models.
Students in my lab may pursue PhDs in quantitative biology (through the biology department) or applied statistics (through the statistics department). Students in the PhD biology track may also purse a concurrent Masters of Arts in Statistics through the DAAS program (http://analytics.cs.vt.edu/edu-daas.php). Alternative individualized pathways are possible through Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs at Virginia Tech. Students in the QED Lab are also eligible to apply for the Interfaces of Global Change program (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/). Prospective students should have either a strong mathematical background (especially those interested in the Statistics PhD option) or be willing to develop quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills as part of their PhD. Students typically design their own research projects within the broad interests of the lab and are funded over 5 years by a combination of teaching and research funding. The specific funding available depends on the program of  study.
Students interested in joining my lab should contact me directly via e-mail at lrjohn AT vt.edu and include a brief statement of research interests and experience, CV, and indicate which program you are most interested in (i.e., Biology or Statistics). I will begin reviewing informal applications in mid-October and notify students about making a formal application by mid-November.

Childs Lab
The Childs lab in the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech is looking for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematical biology (through the Mathematics Department or the interdisciplinary graduate program GBCB: Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology). Research in the Childs Lab focuses on developing and analyzing mathematical and computational models of infectious disease dynamics within individual hosts and at a population level. Special attention is given to tropical infectious diseases including malaria, dengue, Zika and Ebola.
Interested applicants should have a strong quantitative background and an interest in addressing applied questions delving into biological applications. Students will be expected to design their own projects in line with research interests of the lab. Candidates are strongly encouraged to pursue extramural funding opportunities (e.g. NSF Graduate Fellowship).Accepted students to the Mathematics Ph.D. program (requires a masters’ degree) are guaranteed 4 years of funding through a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships. Accepted Ph.D. students to the GBCB program are funded primarily through graduate research assistantships. 
Prospective students should send an email to lchilds AT vt.edu with the subject “Prospective Graduate Student” including in the text a short statement of research interests; and in an attachment a CV, an unofficial transcript, and a list of references. Preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience with independent research. Formal applications are due to the graduate school (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html). Applications to the Mathematics Department and the GBCB program are due by Jan 1st.

Ciupe Lab
The Ciupe lab in the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech is looking for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematical biology (through the Mathematics Department or the interdisciplinary graduate program GBCB: Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology). Research in the Ciupe Lab focuses on developing and analyzing mathematical models with applications to biology and medicine. We focus on characterization of immune system onset and reaction against viral diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, Hepatitis B and Dengue virus infections, on understanding the possible homeostatic mechanisms regulating lymphocyte population sizes and diversity, and on understanding the molecular pathways responsible for cellular decision making. The techniques we use derive from dynamical systems, information and model selection theory as well as sensitivity, perturbation and numerical analysis.
Interested applicants should have a strong quantitative background and an interest in biological applications. Accepted students to the Mathematics Ph.D. program (requires a masters’ degree) are guaranteed 4 years of funding through a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships. Accepted Ph.D. students to the GBCB program are funded primarily through graduate research assistantships. 
Prospective students should send an email to stanca AT vt.edu with the subject “Prospective Graduate Student” including in the text a short statement of research interests and passed experiences with research; and in an attachment a CV, an unofficial transcript, and a list of references. Formal applications are due to the graduate school (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html). Applications to the Mathematics Department and the GBCB program are due by Jan 1st.

PhD or MS positions in plant-insect interactions and quantitative/theoretical ecology

Subject: PhD or MS positions in plant-insect interactions and quantitative/theoretical ecology

The Underwood and Inouye labs in the Ecology and Evolution group at Florida State University are seeking graduate students for Fall 2019.  Research in our joint lab focuses on using plants, insects, and their interactions to explore the spatial and temporal dynamics and evolution of populations and communities. We work in both natural and agricultural systems, using experiments, natural history, and mathematical models to address a wide range of questions.

Students in the lab may develop independent dissertation research relating to one of our two currently funded projects: “Measuring and modeling the ecological consequences of associational effects (NSF)” and “The RMBL Phenology Project: Drivers and consequences of phenological change at high altitudes” (NSF), or can develop research entirely independent of our projects. We support all students in our group in developing their own research programs, and our students have worked on topics as diverse as the evolution of plasticity in plant defense, effects of herbivores on plant competition, demographic consequences of group size in insects, effects of nitrogen deposition on plant/insect mutualism and effects of prior experience on insect response to host plants at multiple spatial scales.
You can learn more about research in our group at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https:%2F%2Fwww.bio.fsu.edu%2F~nunderwood%2Fhomepage%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb0a17c68e3514a2c073e08d61d529c2f%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636728637983652489&amp;sdata=RVyx86Pf8J4pyNd2HDPmctNIYNOSBebR8Y0%2FWSMXAsY%3D&amp;reserved=0

Preferred qualifications include prior research experience, quantitative skills or interest in learning them, the ability to work independently and to mentor developing researchers, and strong written communication abilities. The position will be funded through teaching assistantships (guaranteed for 5 years assuming good progress) supplemented with research assistantships through our funded projects.  Students will be supported in all aspects of professional development in addition to research including learning to apply for funding, developing teaching and outreach skills and making contacts with additional mentors appropriate for their preferred career path inside or outside of academia.

For more about the EE Graduate Group at FSU see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bio.fsu.edu%2Fee%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb0a17c68e3514a2c073e08d61d529c2f%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636728637983662497&amp;sdata=wUC3vQg0dPHlFZxg0FB%2FYGEudtEpAuuuBm%2FOIpQleMI%3D&amp;reserved=0.

We strongly encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Interested applicants should email i) a cover letter describing research interests and goals for graduate school and ii) a CV including names and contact details of two references to Nora Underwood or Brian Inouye before submitting an official application. This will allow time to discuss your research interests and fit with the group before the priority application date of December 1st for applications to the FSU graduate program.  Feel free to also contact us with questions at any time.

Graduate position: UPittsburgh.EvolutionEcol

PhD opportunity in Ecology, Evolution, or Evolutionary Ecology

The Turcotte Lab of Evolutionary Community Ecology at the University of
Pittsburgh is looking for a PhD student interested in ecology, evolution,
or evolutionary-ecology. The lab tests the dynamic interplay between
rapid evolution and community ecology in both lab and field settings.
Many topics can be pursued including but not limited to how plastic
and rapid evolutionary changes impact species coexistence and the
eco-evolutionary responses of communities to environmental change. We
address such topics using various plant and insect study systems and
apply methods such as experimental evolution, community manipulations,
modeling, and genetic analyses.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information:

The Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of
enthusiastic researchers and educators. Within the last 2 years we have
hired 6 new assistant professors in ecology or evolution! The department
also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab
space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern
Pennsylvania. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place
to live. It is often voted the ?Most Livable city in the U.S.?. All
graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive
stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships,
TAships, and research assistantships. Although funding from the lab
itself is available, I expect all prospective students to apply for
external funding.

Prospective students should email me turcotte@pitt.edu with a few short
paragraphs stating why you are interested in the lab and describe your
past research experience. Please include your C.V., any publications,
and contact information for a few references.

Martin Turcotte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

“Turcotte, Martin” <TURCOTTE@pitt.edu>

Graduate position: GeorgiaSouthernU.InsectEvolution

The Gibson lab in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University
in Statesboro, GA invites applications for a Master?s Degree in insect
evolutionary genetics to begin Spring 2019. The research focus of the
lab is on the genetic/genomic basis of traits in social and solitary
Hymenopteran insects. Current projects/systems in the lab include:

1) speciation and physiology in Nasonia parasitoid wasps

(2) the genetic basis of aggression in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

3) studies investigating genetics and chemical ecology of invasive
Argentine ants (Linepithema humile).

Students are welcome to join existing projects or to develop projects
within the scope of the lab. For more information, visit the Gibson Lab
website (http://secure-web.cisco.com/1iref3kYwWLgkWOaIVamHIM9BC_AcvD7SOsMoMl3zvKVHvLUc_9rsrfIH6hSfrGsAPmNeURDJ_eBU1xCofarGwnPz8qoZKkXXNDHpO2uX2gO41r7l-QDhzdlLOrdMDnKFu1vSF4LvTG4dlIPxhQo3souRpX_gxz_gcH1Fa-v4GbSaEGNRjvMGIpdZcv8Y6bjz7n_fCFs2WLfOYxf4lJNBVZCbQf8xKOTHphgKQFV-U4EQCho4ycyH0b5ECsKPuNmrITPZ16-kRDoqe0QzYK5wGP7vX9wDzHEc19Pm_6B0lTqeRHKoFByRcQm_WCJ4wz66Y1PI0pRzDNZQKnXho0GfsGlwGJt6UidB09NjgoerSJI4Ddd_TB7kf-DRhX3hlmbqwbOU0jiX3so8-tFINUl8fTrRRbtP7iMdUSxR6URWFtSsW_2VbRbb5P3IZIjOyO1-lVp0JTo_8g5icfki6YjW3A/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.insectevolution.org).

Student support is available through teaching and research
assistantships. In addition, there are competitive fellowships available
through the Department and the College of Science and Mathematics. The
application deadline for full consideration is October 1st, 2018.

Georgia Southern is a 27,000-student comprehensive
research university with three campuses in southeast Georgia
(http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/). The Department of Biology at the
Statesboro campus has many resources available to students, including a
new LEED certified research and teaching building, many possibilities for
collaboration with our >40 faculty, and facilities for insect rearing,
high throughput sequencing preparation, and microscopy.

Interested students should contact Dr. Josh Gibson at
jgibson@georgiasouthern.edu prior to applying to the program. Additional
information about the graduate program and the department can be found
in the links below.

Graduate Program

Department of Biology


Joshua D. Gibson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
P.O. Box 8042-1

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA 30460

Office: (912) 478-7826

Joshua Gibson <jgibson@georgiasouthern.edu>

Graduate Fellowships in Freshwater Ecology and Phycology

Graduate Fellowships in Freshwater Ecology and Phycology at Fordham University
The Wehr Aquatic Ecology Lab invites applications from prospective graduate students interested in conducting research at Fordham University starting in Fall 2019. We are currently seeking students to contribute to research one of three areas:
– Ecology and evolution of brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in freshwater habitats
 – Causes and consequences of cyanobacteria blooms in Northeast U.S. lakes
 – Biodiversity of algae in karst stream and spring environments
Our laboratory is located at the Louis Calder Center – Biological Field Station (www.fordham.edu/calder_center). We provide students a wide array of resources including lake mesocosms, analytical chemistry equipment, light microscopy, field sampling gear, and field vehicles. Our students may also engage in research collaborations with scientists at the New York Botanical Garden (www.nybg.org/plant-research-and-conservation/tour/graduate-studies/).
We offer competitive stipends and full tuition remission to well-qualified students interested in pursuing either a M.S. or Ph.D.  We also offer on-site housing at the field station (https://www.fordham.edu/info/21459/facilities/3010/calder_cabin/1)
Interested?  Please send a CV, GRE scores, GPA, and a letter describing your research interests to wehr@fordham.edu    Students should also complete an application through the Graduate School at https://gradadmissions.fordham.edu/apply/    The deadline for formal applications is January 3, 2019.

Graduate Student Opportunities — Texas State University

Subject: Graduate Student Opportunities — Texas State University

The Nowlin Aquatic Ecology Lab (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnowlinaquatecollab.wp.txstate.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C809ed0be33744aacaf9508d61974843a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636724385597355722&amp;sdata=eFA1czRMBulmL1qvejoCe6jPLPfzevmaQtfbx0tMfY4%3D&amp;reserved=0)
invites applications for graduate students to the lab and the Aquatic Resources graduate programs at Texas State University.  The lab currently has funding to conduct several multi-year studies on the community and ecosystem ecology of spring systems and their biota in semi-arid and arid regions of central and west Texas.  The Nowlin Lab is seeking well-qualified applicants to start in Spring and/or Fall 2019.  The lab is located in the Aquatic Station and has a variety of research resources, including water quality analytical equipment, field instrumentation, scopes, boats, field vehicles, a wet lab, and an outdoor experimental stream facility.  Graduate students will be funded through a combination of research and instructional assistantships.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Weston Nowlin
(wn11@txstate.edu) by email and submit: (1) a letter of research interests and career goals, (2) a current CV, (3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores (if taken), and (4) a list of references.  A formal application package must also be submitted to the Graduate College at Texas State University by October 30, 2018 or January 15, 2019 for full consideration in the Spring 2018 or Fall 2019 semesters, respectively.

Job: UVirginia.ResTech.ParasiteEvolution

The Gibson lab in the Biology Department at the University of Virginia
is hiring a research technician to help in lab management and research.

The lab studies parasites as drivers of evolutionary change in wild,
artificial, and agricultural systems. To test evolutionary and ecological
hypotheses, we synthesize data from field observations and experimental
manipulations, with guidance from theoretical models and experimental
evolution. Our current study organisms include the free-living nematode
Caenorhabditis elegans and its natural parasites, plus plant-parasitic
nematodes of the genus Meloidogyne and their bacterial parasite Pasteuria
penetrans. The person in this position will be responsible for assisting
with the lab’s research projects by conducting experiments and field
collections, coordinating team members, and collecting and analyzing
data. This person will also manage the day-to-day operations of the lab
by maintaining host populations, training and managing undergraduate
researchers, ensuring compliance with environmental safety standards,
and maintaining protocols, lab supplies, and equipment. Start date:
January 2019.

Visit the complete posting (#0623982) on Jobs@UVA at:

Contact Ashley Cochran at alc6dk@virginia.edu with questions

Amanda Kyle Gibson, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, USA


Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Institute for Advanced Study
Berlin, Germany


“Gibson, Amanda Kyle (akg5nq)” <akg5nq@virginia.edu>

Graduate Assistantship – Plant Invasions in the Mojave Desert

We seek a highly motivated graduate student to examine the interactions among native and invasive plant species in the Mojave Desert. Invasive annual species, including red brome (Bromus rubens), Mediteranean grass (Schismus barbatos), and Russian thistle (Salsola spp.) have become prevalent in the Mojave Desert. This has severe consequences for native wildlife habitat, including the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), as well as rare plant species (ex. white-margined penstemon – Penstemon albomarginatus). The Bureau of Land Management is interested in investigating the effects of rehabilitation treatments (herbicide, seeding, etc.) on native and rare plant species, as well as desert tortoise habitat. Research questions will focus on plant-plant, plant-soil, and plant-animal interactions. Research will be in conjunction with the Las Vegas office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Funding: The competitive stipend for the research assistantship is $19,200 per year for four years, which includes a tuition and fee waiver. PhD candidates are preferred although MS students may be considered.

*       BS degree in biology, ecology, or related field
*       Field experience and coursework in plant and soil ecology
*       Desire to interact with land managers and help improve land management decisions
*       Previous research experience with good experimental and field skills
*       Strong verbal and written communication skills
*       Evidence of statistical knowledge, laboratory analytic skills, and ability to publish
research results in refereed journals is highly desired.

Personal Qualifications: The candidate should be self-motivated, focused, and able to work independently and as part of a team. You should be capable of driving to remote sites on 4WD roads, hiking several kilometers, withstanding harsh field conditions, and willing to camp in primitive areas with no facilities. Fieldwork will be located outside of Las Vegas, NV.

How to Apply: Please email the following to Beth Newingham at
beth.newingham@ars.usda.gov: (1) your resume or CV (including GRE scores and percentiles); (2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience, and (3) contact information for three references.

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Newingham at beth.newingham@ars.usda.gov. The student would be a UNR student although housed with the USDA Agricultural Research Service on campus. Information about the University of Nevada, Reno’s graduate programs in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science department can be found athttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unr.edu%2Fnres%2Fgraduate-degrees&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C9578087139924017983308d618af37f4%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636723538170368970&amp;sdata=kzvORpv5TY70LKhZK7o27%2B0ZZg%2BlL9XOXD4%2Fs96DzcE%3D&amp;reserved=0. Information about the Newingham Lab can be found athttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnewinghamlab.weebly.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C9578087139924017983308d618af37f4%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636723538170368970&amp;sdata=TaZ6Ap8aBoiSWG2%2Fbl7StRy6JvRhB6JweZmLBRaKvCA%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Applications will be considered starting immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is November or December 2018 as a technician to assure sampling for the spring and summer of 2019. Student status may start when appropriate.

Job: UMontana.LabManager.EvolutionaryGenomics

*Laboratory Manager ?V Evolutionary Genomics, University of Montana*

The laboratory of Jeffrey Good at the University of Montana seeks a full
time research lab manager. The Good lab uses diverse genomic and genetic
approaches to understand mammalian development, adaptation, and speciation. We
seek a highly motivated candidate with good organizational skills, a strong
background in molecular biology, genetics, evolution, and/or genomics. The
successful candidate will lead data collection for large-scale comparative
and population genomic experiments in diverse mammalian systems, systems
genetic experiments in rodent models, and contribute to the overall
intellectual environment of the lab. A B.S. or equivalent in biology or a
related field and previous experience with molecular research are required.
Candidates with previous experience working on mammalian reproduction and
development, or collecting and/or analyzing genomic data (e.g., WGS, WGBS,
exome sequencing, RADseq, RNAseq, ATACseq) are strongly encouraged to

The University of Montana offers a vibrant research community. The Good lab
shares newly constructed molecular and computational space with five other
outstanding groups, as part of an entire floor dedicated to evolutionary
genomics research. For more information on our research please visit
thegoodlab.org. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jeff (
jeffrey.good@umontana.edu; @jeffreymgood) to discuss the position prior to

To apply, visit http://bit.ly/2066umjobs and upload a single PDF containing a
cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, a
current CV, and the names and contact information for three references.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the position will remain
open until filled. The position is available immediately with a flexible
start date contingent on the needs of the preferred candidate.

*ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer*

Seeking Master’s students in evolutionary ecology

The Eco-Evo Lab at California State University, Northridge invites applications from undergraduates interested in pursuing a Master’s of Science in Biology. In particular, we are seeking a M.S. student to work on an NSF-funded project that examines the limits to strong effects of evolution on contemporary ecological interactions. The student will help to perform selection experiments on microcosms of protozoa consumers and their bacterial prey that live inside of carnivorous pitcher plants. We are examining how dispersal and gene flow may alter the evolution of protozoa traits, and how these effects may cascade down to affect bacterial prey diversity and community structure.
In general, research in our lab focuses on the interface between ecological and evolutionary processes. We address how rapid evolution affects species interactions, such as competition, predation, and mutualism. We are also interested in how interactions among multiple species in natural communities affect selection on traits and evolutionary trajectories.
Research in the lab encompasses a variety of study systems, including (1) microbial communities of protists and bacteria that live inside carnivorous pitcher plants, (2) symbiotic algae associated with coral reef organisms, and (3) invasive plant species in California grasslands. Students are encouraged to develop their own independent research projects. More information is available at http://www.ecoevolab.com
The Eco-Evo lab is committed to fostering diversity in STEM. The student will serve as a mentor and role model to undergraduate students that are underrepresented in the field of ecology. CSUN is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian-American-Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Women and members of underrepresented groups in ecology are especially encouraged to apply.
Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and provides access to many different natural habitats. The location is within a short commute of Santa Monica and Hollywood. The Biology program at CSUN has a reputation of turning out excellent Master’s students who often continue on to top-tier Ph.D. programs. CSUN was recently recognized by Nature as one of the top 25 Rising Institutions for Research in North America. Our interactive group combines faculty and students from the Ecology & Evolution program, the Marine Biology program, and the Microbiology program (http://www.csun.edu/science-mathematics/biology).
Previous research experience and a passion for answering scientific questions will strengthen candidates’ applications. Interested students should contact Casey terHorst (casey.terhorst@csun.edu). In your email, please describe your research interests, any previous research experience, and your career goals. Include a CV or resume, if possible. Formal applications to the department are due on February 15, 2019, but interested students should contact me this Fall semester 2018.

Graduate positions in ecology at Utah State University

Two graduate research assistantships are available in Peter Adler’s group at USU. One position is funded on a Department of Defense grant and will focus on analyzing plant population and community responses to climate variation in long-term data sets from arid and semiarid ecosystems. The second position has more flexible funding, and could support projects related to competition and coexistence, plant-animal interactions, and global change ecology. Both positions could support either MS or PhD students. To apply, please email me (peter.adler [at] usu.edu]) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position(s), a CV, and contact information for three references by mid- November.

Graduate Position: StonyBrookU.EvolutionaryBiol


The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution
<http://www.stonybrook.edu/ecoevo/index.html>at Stony Brook University
is recruiting doctoral and
master’s level graduate students for Fall 2019.

The department has a long and distinguished history, being one of the first
of its kind.  It currently has a productive and diverse faculty working on
broad array of questions involving microbes, plants, vertebrate and
invertebrate animals and whole ecosystems. Field locales span the globe
from the old and new world tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic polar
regions, as well as the uplands, wetlands and coastal areas of Long Island
and nearby New York City.

Upon admission, PhD students are guaranteed teaching assistantships upon
acceptance, with additional support available through fellowships and
research assistantships, as they become available. The deadlines for
applications are* Dec. 1, 2018* for the PhD program. Admissions to the MA
program are rolling until *April 15, 2019.*

Below is a listing of current local program faculty to whom questions can
be directed. It is* highly* recommended that PhD applicants contact
potential advisors before submitting your application.  For questions or
assistance with the application process please e-mail our Graduate Program
coordinator, Melissa Cohen melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu.


H. Resit Akcakaya – Population and conservation ecology

Stephen B. Baines – Aquatic ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

Michael A. Bell – Contemporary evolution and biology of fishes

Liliana M. D?valos – Vertebrate phylogenetics, biogeography and conservation

Walter F. Eanes – Evolutionary genetics of Drosophila

Jessica Gurevitch – Research synthesis, plant population and invasion

Jesse D. Hollister – Plant evolutionary genomics and epigenetics

Jeffrey S. Levinton – Marine ecology and paleobiology

Heather J. Lynch – Quantitative ecology and conservation biology

Ross H. Nehm – Science education, evolution education, cognition

Dianna K. Padilla –  Marine and freshwater ecology, conservation and
invasion biology

Joshua Rest – Evolutionary genomics

Robert W. Thacker- Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology

John R. True – Evolutionary developmental biology

Krishna M. Veeramah – Primate comparative genomics


Jackie Collier – Microbial ecology

Nolwenn M. Dheilly – Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions

Andreas Koenig – Behavioral ecology of primates

David Q. Matus – Evolution of Cell Invasion

Catherine Markham – Behavioral ecology

Janet Nye – Quantitative Fisheries Ecology

Alistair Rogers – Plant Physiology and Climate Change

Shawn P. Serbin – Plant Physiology and Remote Sensing

Jeroen B. Smaers – Brain Evolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methodology,
Macroevolutionary Morphology

Leslie Thorne – Ecology and Behavior of Marine Birds and Mammals

Nils Volkenborn – Benthic Ecology and Sediment Biogeochemistry

Patricia Wright – Tropical Conservation and Primatology

Assoc. Professor, Grad. Program Director,
Dept.of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
Life Sciences Bldg 112/102, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5245
Phone (631) 632-1092/Fax (631)632-7626

Stephen Baines <stephen.baines@stonybrook.edu>

Graduate position: UKentucky.EvolutionEcology

# Graduate Recruiting in Evolution and Ecology at the University of
Kentucky #

The University of Kentucky <http://www.uky.edu> (UK) is recruiting
outstanding graduate students in the fields of evolutionary biology and
ecology. UK is the home of a diverse set of research groups that use
laboratory, field, computational, and mathematical tools to study questions
in population and evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecological genetics,
phylogenetics, evolutionary ecology, physiological ecology, conservation
biology, behavioral ecology, plant ecology, and other fields in evolution
and ecology.
These research groups are housed in a number of departments on campus
including the Departments of Biology and Mathematics in the College of Arts
and Sciences and the Departments of Entomology, Plant and Soil Sciences,
Plant Pathology, and Forestry & Natural Resources in the College of
Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Research groups that support graduate study are listed below. Please
contact individual faculty mentors about opportunities in their group and
their department more broadly. Graduate funding depends on the department
and research group and includes research and teaching assistantships. For
example, the Department of Biology offers teaching assistantship support
with competitive stipends for five years contingent upon progress to a PhD.

## Department of Biology ##

* Carol Baskin. Plant ecology. <https://bio.as.uky.edu/users/ccbask0>
* Phil Crowley. Evolutionary ecology. <https://bio.as.uky.edu/users/pcrowley

* Catherine Linnen. Adpatation and speciation genomics. <
* Nicholas McLetchie. Plant reproductive ecology. <
* Craig Sargent. Behavioral and evolutionary ecology. <
* Jeramiah Smith. Genome biology and evolution. <
* Jeremy Van Cleve. Theoretical and computational evolution and ecology. <
* David Weisrock. Evolutionary genomics and phylogenetics. <
* David Westneat. Behavioral ecology. <

## Department of Mathematics ##

* David Murrugarra. Mathematical biology. <http://www.math.uky.edu/~dmu228/>
* Olivia Prosper. Mathematical biology. <http://www.ms.uky.edu/~ofpr222/>

## Department of Entomology ##

* Charles Fox. Life history evolution and behavioral ecology. <
* David Gonthier. Ecology of agriculture and sustainable food systems. <
* Clare Rittschof. Pollinator behavioral ecology, neuroscience, and
genomics. <https://secure-web.cisco.com/1AXmFenjtyqf3tiaefd_VQAz9-k1AQx-UKHedljV7RNAba9Z7Ugb85TQXmpDxAhGcbtIWPKGnZzDUVazupOi6Il3aGMfsgewQtWbwAHTmlZf9ybGgrTkJOxnSvOcuL1ArJ8St5ICqN1V9xxs4cK2qTTPXMmUq_3-d0h2R0dgzc08WhF0mRKFbZhrJQsE0BeNCmhalDMeVlMDwY7u3Ag8a2NCCBCZGJPNt4wOxBZJENX_RPJ2cVyvMgiicYWiF1WQIXEcB1VPxPJBuc10jyLpYLW7wP2w5yCrJDqDu3snbw-VHgZMJEk3Cns68Kkey97_q031KDLzpS0UjJ25P-n2k_sW1EkOktklOBRRCxMDbD9yyKYCWt-xoR_NUe_3S_xpFpuP2KUa4ShHwUBtQ28rKBUW7zTan7926bkOGv9C1Xw-FD7WLAqAP0Tq-6dIivVu_8NkGMahm7U1aR_ZLwukE6g/https%3A%2F%2Fclarerittschof.com%2F>
* Nicholas Teets. Evolutionary and physiological adaptations to extreme
environments. <http://secure-web.cisco.com/19pzU9wf1tYd5NkX3pSQSi-CQzwESW_yi-07mWges-zz_Zrv4j2MVhQ-r25W7PUVX6fK5SMr_q5NJqKWQ60UHm7Nrm7FNiBHVY22J0dUhGsPie-zB66TX8azAA0X7dbwgJqAZKVasMBiaT5QFObi21ub92-px7zgt4TX87-d5-BBlFsghWDLzSPyFIuFc3xYK13NtyzokVYufpe9V_TvAAtACab0-1poKqOqrPSY0Aq8qZUGFeSZwq_-1Xsq_Rc6LowK8nq3g94DXbveCC24U3iltDljvi2-sjC9L0QTgy4CjFBAlB3xiLVGLbcVbGXM12SczzIw6hn4QrDSYT60Emh97ic4Ep1yTj3Nyqu0jgskIU-CK1pIJpHFTpIUr4jlIHuqzfklU2oJ9ejnPlBi9FTPyhGImCAs2rWqKZgGazE4H_1BjRxZB84lldFz19osBKX0knKl-vpcy1KWFDqbhXQ/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teetslab.com%2F>
* Jennifer White. Ecology, evolution, and behavior of symbionts. <

## Department of Forestry & Natural Resources ##

* Mary Arthur. Forest ecology. <http://forestry.ca.uky.edu/mary-arthur>
* John Cox. Wildlife and Conservation Biology. <
* Steven Price. Ecology and conservation biology. <
* Jian Yang. Landscape ecology. <https://forestry.ca.uky.edu/jian-yang>

## Department of Plant and Soil Sciences ##

* Rebecca McCulley. Grassland ecology. <http://secure-web.cisco.com/1GmsLkupqI72xP8KGra9iDKMzFdc17N0Kg6O98FQP5z1d5Dm4KW7uZZ1K6y6hpPcbyjaro8iUrRsGAd7sDDUeib8KEJbrSkU8EcV8CplSWwvQOyClf2tfTI10nsz-TzoN6ESqF5kRn7Rk5U_MC5BMKKQvvwi3i45wZ7Eb1_aCkyIbzGO6QdQNu6vwMvy4eC-mdQkqHfRjAwSp_Z5nSG974hr9jLvyj_BB6ji7goyOSCeBzLOwjhijXRj6qo6aU82wt2W3-sp1gJvS3m7hHyBdKeMziM8XTgZpMIrEohphBllNlaHwFdSwCLZoAYWXUXulZd6_iIa4dJGDRHCPTaflhL-p3v_CKO1KHCLZTIV5ECSlgiSyVsZeryE_1nEaJxdaLww8RxkCp1vU6aAVV-q7ow0-vnj161KEgN3cxdD9dGuEYXYOi2Msz3R17r9EPRgM4LtHvxanzhhjLIFp3H6ZBwIw4Xv_XJjNiG-7ZcA3kRw/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcculleylab.org%2F>

## Department of Plant Pathology ##

* Christopher Schardl. Evolution of plant and endophyte mutualisms. <

## Life in Lexington, KY ##

UK is located Lexington, KY, known for the many bucolic horse farms that
surround the city, thoroughbred racing at Keeneland, equestrian events at
Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington and the surrounding area is home to many
bourbon distilleries and microbreweries and numerous outdoor activities
including hiking and world-class climbing at the nearby Red River Gorge.
The cost of living in Lexington is modest and many UK students, faculty,
and staff live close to the University and commute by walking or biking.


Jeremy Van Cleve

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Kentucky
E-mail: jvancleve@uky.edu
Webpage: http://secure-web.cisco.com/1lRY_dZG7EY0419E-8G2NeKd0KnGd6-D8PO3GHFeYvuycRKwk2key467gIAlk7qZq77tMCo588NP5rqpdeDhZonPxHuz1HFU7vGwxVG1txxkYouiKFx8YM2W6jLHKyB55XHl7BoosBL5bFTKQ8_TmYwzqGEMADuypwek2gRZbTPJfsy58aUdTYu3n1WEFX5tGhXoKCWovaL19uJ7RcY3U7MHEAaSpXnhcI-1I45NllxDLnqKS15KX5KGNvdQSyI-G2pdHbDtblX5jCndvBXKhu4qBJBkBvVVxkxsHCVLgihfRfZVRPbeGTJRH3XFh0JE_6cf3nqVrNO-Cf7u6RMH08fz-sXev7TeOrY24tXnu-sgggZPdgwnzC2dwcDUiGcfumWcxP9J7xNJl9y0zARvUPBAK818KMD7Ng1zupVLvKyWYvqfqtT4v3HGGM-af3_1lyGbAlB0luUfto1Dk2D66EA/http%3A%2F%2Fvancleve.theoretical.bio
Phone: (859) 218-3020

Jeremy Van Cleve <jvancleve@uky.edu>

Graduate position: UGeorgia.AntBeeGenomicsEpigenetics

PhD Positions: NSF-supported graduate studies in evolutionary epigenetics and genomics of social insects in the Hunt Lab at the University of Georgia.

The Hunt Lab is broadly interested in how evolution produces variation in insect form and function. We use ants and bees as models for studying how evolutionary mechanisms shape variation in social behavior. We have two, recently-funded projects in the lab to support graduate students; both use functional genomic and transcriptomic methods to study the genetic and epigenetic factors that underlie differences in social structure.

The first project, in collaboration with Ken Ross at UGA, explores how a supergene and phenotypic plasticity influence variation in colony queen number and social behaviors in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta.

The second project, in collaboration with Sarah Kocher at Princeton University, investigates how gene regulatory evolution has influenced evolutionary variation in social behavior in halictid bees.

The Hunt Lab is a young and dynamic research group dedicated to fostering the success of its lab members. We are a part of the Entomology Department, one of many departments in the life sciences at the University of Georgia. The diversity and multitude of faculty at UGA results in diverse areas of expertise and coursework availability to help students reach their full potential. Students will take coursework and receive training in entomology, genetics, and bioinformatics.

Requirements: An interest in broad evolutionary questions and a strong desire to develop bioinformatic expertise. Applicants must meet requirements of admission to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia (see http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/entomology/graduate.html).  The start date is flexible.

More information about the Hunt Lab can be found online at http://huntlab.uga.edu.  Prospective applicants should email Brendan Hunt at huntbg@uga.edu with a statement of interest.


Graduate Research Assistantship: Plant-Insect Interactions in Human-Modified Ecosystems

Subject: Graduate Research Assistantship: Plant-Insect Interactions in Human-Modified Ecosystems

I am seeking a highly motivated graduate student (PhD preferred, but MS applications considered) to join the Kim Lab in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University. I study the ecology of plant-insect interactions (e.g. pollination, plant-herbivore) and how these interactions vary with land management and land-use change. Potential project topics include examining how disturbance (e.g. fire, grazing) affect plant-insect interactions, modelling how land-use change affects insect biodiversity and ecosystem function, and IPM effects on non-target insects and plants.
Students interested in the fields of community ecology, agroecology, landscape ecology, and food web interactions are encouraged to apply.
Projects will involve a combination of field work, laboratory/greenhouse work, and spatial modeling. For more information about current work in the Kim lab, please visit my website: taniakimecology.com. Positions will be competitively funded through four-year research assistantship (tuition and stipend). Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nsfgrfp.org&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C58047632cda54d639e7408d61581f32d%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636720045222965695&amp;sdata=WGHpr%2FAJE0J4lwFiJJwRcEgWCqIfC9tRhr%2FRRCK20BA%3D&amp;reserved=0).

Requirements: Competitive applicants will have backgrounds in biology, ecology or entomology with an interest in conservation and insect ecology.
Prior experience conducting field work and independent research is desirable.  Strong quantitative skills (statistics, programing) are also desirable. Teamwork and good communication skills (oral and writing) are important.

To apply: A start date of Fall 2019 is preferred, although earlier start dates (as early as January 2019) may be considered. For consideration please email a cover letter stating your research interests and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Tania Kim (tkim@ksu.edu). I will begin screening applications in mid-October 2018, have initial online or phone interviews in late October/early November, and extend an invitation for an on-campus visit in December. Final decisions will be made by late December 2019.  Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call. I will also attend the Entomological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada (November 10-15) so interested students can arrange to talk to me then as well.

Information about the Department:

The Department of Entomology maintains excellent research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and a research insect collection. It was recently ranked the 4th best Department of Entomology in the world by the Center for World University Rankings; these rankings are based on the number and quality of professional publications produced by the department and quality of faculty research. In the most recent rankings of PhD programs in US Departments of Entomology, we were ranked 8th nationally for overall quality by the National Research Council (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.phds.org%2Frankings%2Fentomology&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C58047632cda54d639e7408d61581f32d%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636720045222965695&amp;sdata=7P5FYty4%2Fh5C2oSR%2FrZkK55NWpYvzN4f95CT1cxghZk%3D&amp;reserved=0).
Our mission is to: 1) provide entomological knowledge for a safe, sustainable, and competitive food, feed, and fiber system through integrated research and education; 2) maintain a stakeholder/clientele-driven focus to research, extension, and teaching activities; 3) generate fundamental information for the advancement of science and for applied uses; 4) train students for professions in education, government, business and industry; and 5) disseminate useful, unbiased information.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice president for diversity and a dedicated staff. Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance. Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years. Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record, and continue to trend higher.

Two Graduate Assistantships to study urban streams

We are seeking two graduate assistants for an NSF-funded collaborative project aimed at understanding how stormwater management decisions translate to hydrologic and environmental outcomes in urban streams in Cleveland (Ohio) and Denver (Colorado). These funded graduate student researchers will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists that includes ecologists, hydrologists, and social scientists across three institutes. These positions will be within the Departments of Geology and Biological Sciences at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
GA in Urban Hydrology – Department of Geology
The funded graduate student will be part of the dynamic Department of Geology at Kent State University, with additional opportunities for time at Colorado State University. The graduate student will be co-advised by Anne Jefferson (Kent State University, http://all-geo.org/jefferson) and Aditi Bhaskar (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University,https://www.engr.colostate.edu/faculty/abhaskar/). 
The funded graduate student researcher will develop research projects that include using watershed modeling to test the effects of various stormwater management decisions, conducting hydrologic and land use change analyses in urban watersheds, and/or measuring relationships between flow, turbidity, and suspended sediment in urban streams.
PhD applicants are preferred, but exceptional MS applicants will be considered. Four years of funding, as a mixture of research and teaching assistantships, is guaranteed for PhD students who have completed a MS degree. A background in hydrology, with degrees in geology or civil or environmental engineering preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in hydrologic modeling and/or computer programming. 
Applications will be considered for January, June, or August 2019 starts. To apply, please send (1) a cover letter with your background, expertise, and research interests; (2) a CV or resume; and (3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Anne Jefferson (ajeffer9@kent.edu). 
GA in Urban Stream Metabolism – Department of Biological Sciences
The funded graduate student will join the Costello Biogeochemistry Lab at KSU and be advised by David Costello (https://costellolab.weebly.com). The graduate student will develop field-based research projects that explore how urban streams function and how restoration and stormwater management in the urban landscape can ultimately influence the energy balance of streams. The student will have the opportunity to develop their own research projects that take advantage of state-of-the-art sensor technology and field sites in urban Cleveland and Denver.
We are looking for an exceptional MS applicant but applicants to the PhD program will also be considered. The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for 2 years for MS students and 4 years for PhD students (includes summer funding). Independent research experience is required and experience with ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and a desire to handle large datasets; the graduate student will be asked to implement Bayesian statistical models in the software package R.
We are looking for a student to start in Fall 2019. If interested in the GA in Urban Stream Metabolism, please contact David Costello directly (dcostel3@kent.edu) and provide a CV/resume and a cover letter that briefly describes your background, expertise, and research interests. An official application must be submitted through KSU Admissions, and the admission deadline for Fall 2019 is Dec. 15 (Dec. 5 for international students).
For more information about graduate programs at Kent State please see:

Graduate Position: OhioStateU.SnakeVenomEvolution

PhD position in Snake Venom Evolution

The Gibbs Lab in the Department of EEOB at Ohio State University is recruiting a Ph.D. student, to begin in Fall 2019, to develop a dissertation project on the evolution of venom diversity at the molecular level among closely-related species of New World snakes. The student will join a group that uses genomic, transcriptome and proteomic data to study snake venom proteins as models for the evolution of adaptations at the molecular level. The project would be part of an ongoing NSF (US)-FAPESP (Brazil) Dimensions of Biodiversity grant on snake venom evolution that involves institutions in the US (Ohio State, Florida State University, and Clemson University) and Brazil (Instituto Butantan). There would be the opportunity for training visits to these institutions.

The ideal applicant would have strong quantitative skills and proficiency or interest in learning bioinformatics techniques and experience in using molecular data to examine evolutionary questions. A Master’s degree is preferred but not required. This is primarily a lab-based project but with the possible opportunity for limited fieldwork.

The student would join an active lab that applies genomic techniques and bioinformatics analyses to a wide range of questions in the evolutionary biology and conservation genetics of vertebrates. The Department of EEOB provides year-round financial support (~ $28K/yr plus benefits and tuition) for PhD students for the duration of their program.

Interested students should contact Dr. H. Lisle Gibbs, Department of EEOB, Ohio State University at gibbs.128@osu.edu with a statement of interest, a CV, transcripts and GRE scores if available. I will start reviewing applications on 15 October.  Please see the lab (https://u.osu.edu/gibbslab) and department (http://eeob.osu.edu/) websites for more information.

Dr. H. Lisle Gibbs
Professor, Department of Evolution,  Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Director, Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership
300 Aronoff Laboratory
Ohio State University
318 W. 12th Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43210-1242
T: 614 688 3861
F: 614 292 2030
E: gibbs.128@osu.edu<mailto:gibbs.128@osu.edu>