Graduate School Opportunities

Graduate School Opportunities Listings will be kept for a month after being posted or until their deadline (if listed). I do not post positions that require a masters degree, as this site is aimed at undergraduates. Please send any opportunities not listed here by clicking on this link:


PhD position in insect ecophysiology, UC Berkeley

A PhD position is available starting in Fall 2021 in Caroline Williams'€™ Ecophysiology lab ( in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. We are seeking a talented student with interests in insect ecophysiology and evolutionary biology, to join our collaborative lab group. The main research areas in the lab are evolutionary impacts of seasonality, stress (particularly cold) responses, and life history evolution in variable environments. Students typically combine field experiments and natural history, lab-based physiology and biochemistry, and ecological modeling to address the overarching question of how organisms respond to variable and changing environments. Our graduate program values independence, so the student will develop their own project in collaboration with Dr. Williams, but will be encouraged to work on one of the existing study systems in the lab, including montane willow leaf beetles (evolutionary impacts of seasonality), and wing polymorphic crickets (mechanisms of life history evolution). The Department of Integrative Biology values diversity in organisms, approaches, and scientists, and we particularly encourage and support applications from people historically excluded from STEM. We invest in the personal and professional development of all lab members, and we have a lot of fun together while doing so. Applications are due in early December, but interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Caroline prior to applying on, with a CV and a brief description of your research interests. Competitive applicants will have a strong background in ecology, physiology, or evolutionary biology, experience carrying out and communicating independent research, and be an excellent team player ready to contribute to a collaborative lab environment.

Posted 10/20/20

Graduate Position (MS or PhD)

Position Title: Graduate Research Assistant (MS or PhD) in Aquatic Macroecology / Data Science

A graduate assistantship is available at the MS or PhD level in Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) starting spring 2021. The successful applicant will work on building a database of CO2 in flowing waters (streams) across the US and use statistical modeling to detect spatial and temporal trends. Possibilities exist to link CO2 data (and other water quality measures) to other data for biological communities, including fish. Research themes will be in aquatic macroecology and development of big datasets for macroscale questions.

Minimum Qualifications:
• BS in Environmental Science, Spatial Ecology, or a related field
• GPA > 3.0
• Experience in R
• Highly motivated and capable of working independently

Preferred Qualifications
• MS degree Environmental Science, Spatial Ecology, or a related field
• Strong quantitative skills (statistical modeling)

Salary: $22,000/year, plus tuition coverage

Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed on November 16, 2020.

To Apply:
Email to Dr. Steve Midway ( a single, merged PDF including: 1) cover letter describing research experience and interests, 2) CV or resume, 3) transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), 4) GRE scores (not required), and 5) contact information of three professional references.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Steve Midway
Louisiana State University
Office: 225–578–6458

Posted 10/20/20

GRA position at UWYO related to rangelands and drought

Agency: University of Wyoming
Start Date: Spring or Summer 2021 [start date is flexible, but Spring is preferred]
Apply By: 11/15/2020
Job Category: Graduate Research Assistantship
Salary: $16,500/year + tuition + health insurance
Location: Laramie and Central Plains Experimental Range (Nunn, Colorado)

Description: Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp is recruiting a MS student to join her rangeland social science and climate adaptation group at the University of Wyoming. The student’s project will focus on understanding rancher perception of and response to drought. It has been theorized that participating in community-based natural resource management and/or adaptive management efforts can help to increase adaptive capacity. The Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) project in northeastern Colorado provides an opportunity to explore rancher adaptive capacity in this region—including networks of ranchers associated with the Crow Valley Livestock Cooperative, Inc. and Pawnee Grazing Associations (both with grazing permits on the USFS Pawnee National Grasslands), as well as an existing network of >25 ranchers in eastern Wyoming and Colorado where on-ranch monitoring efforts have been ongoing since 2012. This research will help us to explore how participation in these efforts influence rancher adaptive capacity. The main aims of this work are to answer the following: 1) How are drought management strategies perceived by ranchers and what are the context-specific reasons for these perceptions?, 2) What ideas do ranchers have for responding to drought and what are barriers to adopting these strategies?, 3) What level of exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity do ranchers have? And 4) Are there differences in the above (1-3) between CARM affiliated, Cooperative-affiliated, and non-affiliated ranchers?

Ideal candidates for this position will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team, and will have experience conducting field research or working in the field. Candidates should have an interest in land-based livelihoods and adaptation to increased variability. Preferably candidates would have experience with social science methods and interview methodologies. Candidates should have a strong interest in social science research methods, show creative and flexible thinking, and be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators. The candidate selected may pursue their degree in either Ecosystem Science and Management (co-advised by Melanie Murphy) or Environment, Natural Resources & Society, depending on their academic background and interests. The candidate may also choose to pursue a concurrent degree in Environment and Natural Resources.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with interest OR experience in rangeland ecology; interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving; climate change adaptation and/or land-based livelihoods. Applicants will be considered who have a BA or BS in any field. A record of effective collaboration and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team is essential for this position.

To apply: Please send the following materials as one PDF document to Dr. Corrine Knapp at with the subject "€œYour Name_CARM MS Position"€ť:
(1) Cover letter/narrative that explains your desire to pursue graduate education, your research interests, career goals, and highlights relevant experience;
(2) Resume or CV including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references;
(3) Unofficial copy of transcripts; and
(4) An example manuscript or report you have written (if available).

Closing date and time: November 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. MST.

Posted 10/20/20

Ph.D. Research Assistantships at University of Arkansas

The Magoulick Lab at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for three Ph.D. Research Assistantships for Fall 2021. Our research efforts focus on factors affecting population and community dynamics of freshwater fish and invertebrates, especially the role of disturbance in community dynamics, impacts of invasive species in aquatic ecosystems, and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. Assistantships available are: 1) a USGS and USFWS funded project to examine environmental threshold responses of stream fish to hydrologic and thermal gradients, 2) a USGS funded project to examine effects of invasive crayfish and drought on Faxonius marchandi, an Ozark-endemic crayfish petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act, 3) an Arkansas State Wildlife Grant funded project to examine landscape- and local-scale habitat influences on distribution and abundance of the crayfish Faxonius eupunctus, Faxonius wagneri and Faxonius roberti in the Spring River, Strawberry River and Eleven Point River drainages. In all cases the students would have the flexibility to pursue additional research related to the funded project. These projects and related work will be carried out using a combination of comparative field studies, field and lab experiments, and modeling approaches.

Applicants should have a BS and preferably MS in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field; 3.2 GPA (minimum); 300 (V+Q) minimum GRE. Previous research experience with fish, crayfish and/or streams and strong quantitative skills are preferred. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in teams.

Ph.D. stipends range from $18,000 to $23,736 plus benefits and full tuition waiver with potential for additional fellowships ( The research assistantships are available for three years and may be supplemented by a teaching assistantship in year four.

For full consideration send materials by November 15, 2020, but open until filled. Start date will be August 15, 2021.

Email 1) a letter describing your interests and career goals and how they align with the assistantship(s) for which you are applying, 2) Curriculum Vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) contact info for three references, and 4) unofficial transcripts to: Dan Magoulick,,, 479-575-5449.

Posted 10/20/20

Masters in Environmental Science at Villanova University

The Villanova University Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) program is accepting applications for Fall 2021. The program emphasizes integrated thinking and learning at the nexus of science, policy, and society. Our graduates will see beyond linear and fragmented approaches to solving environmental problems and understand the complex interactions between people and the environment. Students may elect either a thesis or non-thesis (capstone or portfolio) option that can be completed full-time or part-time. We offer specialty tracks in Ecosystem Sciences, Resource Management, and Geospatial Sciences that prepare graduates to be competitive in multiple career paths. The MSES faculty includes professors with expertise in several academic disciplines and a range of scholarly interests that span geography, biology, chemistry, and geology. Research undertaken by faculty and MSES students spans these disciplines (see for more information about ongoing research). For more information about the MSES program, and to apply, see the program website ( or contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Keith Henderson ( Prospective students are also encouraged to contact potential research mentors directly. To be considered for graduate assistantships (including tuition and stipend), applications must be received by February 1. Apply here:

Posted 10/17/20

PhD opportunity in Bayesian statistics and decision support tools applied to Ecology at the Univ. of Florida

Dr. Denis Valle (School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida [UF]), is seeking a PhD graduate research assistant with strong interest in statistical modeling applications and decision support tools.

Research in Dr. Valle’s group focuses on tackling important applied problems in Ecology (broadly defined to include community ecology, movement ecology, disease ecology, and conservation biology) by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models and decision support tools. Dr. Valle is affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program ( and the Emerging Pathogens Institute ( at UF. Examples of past research projects can be found at under the “publications” tab.

Given the wide range of problems tackled by this group, there is considerable flexibility regarding the specific scientific application. Nevertheless, this position will involve the development and application of novel Bayesian models and potentially interactive tools to aid decision-making.

Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, independent, able to successful communicate research results (i.e., through publications), and enthusiastic about computational and Bayesian methods. Prospective students with strong experience in computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or MatLab) and with great communication skills (verbal and written) are particularly encouraged to apply. Requirements for prospective students include:
Competitive GPA/GRE scores (>50% percentile)
BS or MS degree
The candidate must meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (

This position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Duties include writing and presenting result of research in scientific conferences, searching and applying for additional sources of funding, and assisting other students within the team on statistical analyses. If interested, please email the items listed below to

CV with contact information and contact information for three academic references
GRE scores
One page cover letter describing prior research experience (if any), career goals and interests and how they align with those from the Valle lab, and prior experience with statistical modelling, computer programming, and/or decision support tools.

Start Date: August/2021

***The application deadline is December/2020***

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida ( is among the top 10 U.S. public universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea- Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Information about the City of Gainesville: Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.

Posted 10/17/20

Graduate Student Opportunity at University of Florida

The Braswell Coastal Ecosystems and Watersheds Lab at the University of Florida is hiring 1-2 graduate students (Ph.D. or M.S.) to join the lab fall of 2021.

The Braswell Lab ( studies the connections between upland, coastal and human systems. The lab's research program focuses on the formation, persistence and degradation of coastal ecosystems within the context of the surrounding terrestrial, marine and urban systems. We use a variety of approaches to understand these complex socio-environmental systems, including geospatial data analysis and collection of empirical field data. Linking ecological, geomorphic and demographic data, the lab's interdisciplinary research seeks to understand coastal ecosystems within a macroscale ecology framework. The lab also works with stakeholders and managers to create tools and produce knowledge to better manage and understand coastal watersheds and ecosystems.

There will be opportunity for the student(s) to develop their research program with guidance from Dr. Braswell and other mentors. If you have a research idea — let Dr. Braswell know what you are interested in studying. Potential research topics include (but are not limited to):
1) Legacy effects of agricultural land use on water quality in coastal communities
2) Understanding sediment transport from coastal watersheds into coastal wetlands through remote sensing analysis
3) Researching the effects of human modification on geomorphic landforms in coastal wetlands
4) Exploring the connections between urbanization and ecosystem services in coastal socio-environmental systems

The ideal candidate for the position has previous research (lab, field, and/or computer-based) and data analysis experience (e.g., R, Python, ArcGIS, statistics). The candidate should be highly self-motivated, have a strong interest in being part of a collaborative team, and have a broad interest in understanding coastal systems. The Braswell lab's work is interdisciplinary and welcomes people with backgrounds across the natural sciences (biology, geology, earth science, geography, environment science, etc.). Extension is an important component of our lab's work, therefore interest and willingness to participate in extension projects is necessary for the successful candidate. Our lab is committed to increasing representation of women and minorities in science and encourages such candidates to apply. Although field work is often a part of the lab's work, it is not necessary for a successful research program. Therefore, candidates of all physical abilities are encouraged to apply.

The home department of the candidate will be the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program, School of Forest Resources and Conservation in UF/IFAS ( The position will be fully funded (2 yrs for M.S., 4 yrs for PhD) through research assistantships. Additional fellowships are available for students from diverse backgrounds (

To apply, please contact Dr. Anna Braswell at by November 20th, 2020 with the following attachments: 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the position and your background, 2) Resume/CV, 3) Contact information for at least two professional references, and 4) Unofficial transcripts. Complete applications to the graduate program at SFRC are due January 1st, 2021.

Posted 10/17/20

Graduate opportunities in infectious disease ecology and evolution - Purdue University

Faculty within the department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University are accepting graduate students for fall 2021 with interests in disease ecology and evolution. Information on the application process can be found at:

Interested applicants should contact the relevant faculty before applying:

CATHERINE SEARLE (Ph.D. students only):
Freshwater disease ecology

Research in the Searle lab investigates the ecology of infectious diseases in freshwater systems. We are particularly interested in how changes to the abiotic and biotic environment affect disease in freshwater organisms. To understand these processes, we use a combination of field surveys and experiments in the lab and outdoor mesocosms. Our primary hosts systems are freshwater zooplankton (Daphnia) and amphibians (with a focus on chytridiomycosis). These complementary systems allow us to investigate a wide range of ecological questions and mechanisms. Graduate students generally begin by assisting with ongoing projects, but are expected to develop (with assistance) the major research projects for their dissertation.
Interested students should email with a short statement of research interests and previous research experience.

GIOVANNA CARPI (Ph.D. students only):
Transmission and evolution of vector-borne diseases

The Carpi Lab investigates the transmission dynamics and evolution of vector-borne infectious diseases (principally malaria) by integrating theories and tools from genomics, molecular evolution, population genetics, and epidemiology. Current projects include: (i) characterizing Plasmodium parasite genomic diversity and population structure in natural settings and how they change in response to interventions, 2) understanding the impact of within-vector parasite diversity and dynamics on transmission, 3) developing new genomic protocols on portable sequencing and informatic tools for real time surveillance and characterization of mosquito vectors, pathogens and other microbes. Thanks to the collaborative nature of our work, we have established national and international collaborations with research partners at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Microsoft Research and the National Malaria Control Program in Zambia.
Prospective students should send an email to with a short description of research interests and CV. QUALIFICATIONS: Interested applicants should have a strong quantitative background and experience with molecular biology, genetics and/or computational biology is preferred.

QIXIN HE (Ph.D. students only):
Disease ecology and spatial genetics

The He Lab investigates the evolution and structuring of genetic diversity in space and time by integrating concepts and tools from population genetics, genomic evolution, and disease ecology. Our research currently focuses on two themes: 1) understanding how balancing selection drives eco-evolutionary dynamics of disease agents, using malaria antigens as a model system, and 2) developing spatially-informative genetic summary statistics to inform past movements of populations, which have wide applications in phylogeographic studies. We employ data science and mathematical approaches, with access to genomic sequencing resources. Thanks to the collaborative nature of our work, we have established national and international research partners in the University of Chicago, Louisiana State University, University of Melbourne, and Shaanxi Normal University.
Prospective students should send an email to with a short description of research interests and CV. Interested applicants should have a strong quantitative background and knowledge in molecular biology and genetics is preferred.

DENNIS MINCHELLA (M.S. students only):
Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions

Our lab is interested in exploring and characterizing complex interactions between parasites and their hosts. Drawing upon both molecular and experimental field approaches, research in our laboratory focuses on the population biology, evolution, and genetics of host-parasite interactions. The research program encompasses 1) host-parasite coevolution, 2) parasite competition and the evolution of virulence, 3) genetic heterogeneity and the structure of parasite populations. Many of the projects utilize snail-trematode systems as models including the human blood fluke Schistosoma and its molluscan hosts.

Posted 10/17/20

MS position at University of North Carolina Greensboro

The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Biology and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health Science degrees. Aquatic ecology lab at UNCG ( is currently looking for a master student starting Fall 2021. The student will work on the statistical modeling of discharge variation in relation to land use and geometries of river networks. The project leverages the public database of discharge and land use. This is part of the broader project exploring drivers of ecological dynamics in rivers (e.g., food chain length) and the student is expected to work collaboratively with current lab members. The student should have a solid understanding in ecology, environmental science, hydrology and/or related fields. Advanced skills in R and GIS are a big plus.

If interested, please contact Dr. Akira Terui (a_terui at with (1) your CV, (2) a one-page research statement describing your previous research experiences and interests, and (3) the names and contacts of three referees. Review of applications begins immediately. The departmental deadline for submitting the application to the graduate studies is April 1, 2021 (for details, visit If the student is accepted into the graduate program, there is the possibility for financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships.

Posted 10/17/20

PhD opportunity in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Mark Urban's lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is looking for Ph.D. candidates for the 2020-2021 application period to begin Fall 2021. Our lab addresses questions at the interface of ecology and evolution with a focus on understanding the creation and maintenance of biodiversity and resilience of natural systems to disturbances such as climate change. Current projects include whole-pond manipulations of amphibian communities, understanding the effects of climate change on Arctic fish, eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic microcosms, the genomics of adaptation, and improving predicted extinction risks from climate change. We are looking for independent thinkers who will complement our research team. See our website for more information:

Funded research assistantships available in a training program in urban ecology and landscape risk analysis through a newly funded training program. Contact me for more information or see our other posted ad.

Come join a highly collaborative lab group situated in a top EEB program. The UConn EEB Department offers a highly integrative environment at a leading public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at

Candidates should have an excellent GPA (>3.5) and demonstrated research experience (e.g., publication, research experience, either academic or paid). Preference is given to students with proven research records, published scientific articles, external funding, Master's degree, or substantial research experience (e.g., as a research technician). Applications from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. A number of University scholarships are available for top candidates. A strong potential exists for funding on external grants for students with relevant experience. To apply, first send Mark Urban ( a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience as well as a resume or curriculum vita, including current GPA scores by 16 November 2020. After reviewing applicants, a shortlist of candidates will be selected to apply more formally to our graduate program.

Posted 10/17/20

PhD Assistantships in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Miami University

The Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) at Miami University in Oxford, OH, USA, is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program designed to allow students the flexibility and training they need to pursue jobs in diverse fields including academia, government, NGOs and the private sector.

Our website:

The program spans several departments (Biology, Geography, Geology, Microbiology) and research centers: Miami University Ecology Research Center, Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium, the Miami University Natural Areas, Hueston Woods State Park and State Nature Preserve, the Geospatial Analysis Center, the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, and the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging. Many of our students also receive graduate certificates in GIS/RS or Statistics. The EEEB program has over 40 participating faculty, taking advantage of Miami's spirit of collaboration and excellent facilities.

The EEEB program emphasizes basic and applied research and training, with a major focus on the application of ecological and evolutionary principles to environmental issues. The program provides students with educational experiences that reflect this emphasis, and facilitates collaborations and interactions among students and faculty. Each student works with a mentor on dissertation research, and receives additional guidance from faculty members with expertise in complementary disciplines.

All graduate students are supported by teaching or research assistantships that include a stipend and tuition waiver. Interested students should review the research interests of the faculty associates, each of whom can serve as a dissertation advisor. Potential applicants should contact individual faculty to learn more about their research programs prior to applying. Applications are due January 1 and include a personal statement, CV, contact information for 3 references, transcripts, and, for international applicants, recent TOEFL scores.

For more information, please see our website:

You may also contact Dr. Hank Stevens ( for more guidance.

Posted 10/17/20

Recruiting a graduate student to the Brosi lab, University of Washington

The Brosi lab ( is recruiting a doctoral student to begin next year in the Biology Department, University of Washington, Seattle. While our interests are wide-ranging, our primary focus is on community ecology, in particular understanding how the structure of biological communities (including both biodiversity and ecological network structure) impacts their functioning and stability. Our research primarily—but not exclusively—uses plant-pollinator interaction networks as a model system. One of the primary goals of our work is to enhance the linkages between ecological theory and empirical studies of networks, and as such we particularly welcome applicants with strong quantitative backgrounds, or applicants who are interested in strengthening their quantitative skills.

We are committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in ecology and in scientific research more broadly, and we have welcomed students from a wide range of backgrounds into the lab. We work actively to combat the many forms of structural inequities in our society, including specifically working to be anti-racist. We also actively work on maintaining a positive and supportive lab group culture.

Applicants should get in touch with Berry Brosi ( with a brief statement of their research interests, a resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts. The application deadline for the Biology PhD at UW is December 1. Please note that application fee waivers are available and are simple and straightforward to apply for. GRE scores are *NOT* required for the application.

For prospective graduate students interested in any lab in the Biology Department at the University of Washington, there is an information session on October 23 from 9-11:30am pacific time. More information is available here: Please note that registration for the event is required.

Berry Brosi (he / him)
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Posted 10/17/20

Funded MS positions available in William and Mary Biology Department

The Biology Department at the College of William & Mary is recruiting new Masters students in ecology, evolution and conservation biology to start in Fall 2020.

We offer a two-year, research-intensive M.S. program where students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many students, getting a Master's degree in two years while earning grants and publications allows them to gain admittance to high-profile Ph.D. programs or take that next career step.

With a low student to faculty ratio (8-10 new students and 23 full-time faculty), we can offer an intimate and highly personalized research and education experience rarely attainable at larger universities. Our graduate students also work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities.

Our Department has a diverse faculty with strength in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. Please take a look at our website to find more information about faculty research interests --

General information about our program and how to apply can be found on our Departmental web site -

GRE scores are not used in our admission process. For Fall 2020 admission: Admissions are rolling with application review beginning Dec. 1st

Additional inquiries can be directed toward the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Josh Puzey, at 

Posted 10/16/20

Graduate Assistantships at Washington State University Vancouver

Graduate student positions are currently available for the MS and PhD programs in Environmental Science, Biology, Plant Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Mathematics, and Statistics at Washington State University's Vancouver campus. Priority applications are due January 10, 2021. Positions are funded with teaching and/or research assistantships that include tuition waivers. WSU Vancouver's strategic plan includes a commitment to equity; one of its goals in that area is to increase the success of historically minoritized students. WSU Vancouver highly encourages scholars from underrepresented populations to apply and offers fellowship opportunities for students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander and women in STEM.

In addition, the program awards one incoming PhD student a Research Fellowship for their first academic year based on academic excellence.

Faculty research areas include

• Animal Behavior
• Aquatic Ecology
• Biological Oceanography
• Butterfly Ecology
• Cell and Developmental Biology
• Climate Change and Climate Impacts
• Climate Science
• Community Ecology
• Conservation Biology
• Disease Ecology
• Disturbance Ecology
• Ecohydrology
• Ecosystem Ecology
• Environmental Chemistry
• Environmental Hydrology
• Environmental Geophysics
• Evolutionary Ecology
• Global Change Biology
• Landscape Ecology
• Marine & Freshwater Plankton Ecology
• Microbial Ecology
• Mathematical Biology
• Neuroscience
• Physical Oceanography
• Plant-insect interactions
• Plant-herbivore interactions
• Plant Ecology
• Restoration Ecology
• Statistical Ecology
• Successional Dynamics
• Watershed Biogeochemistry

We expect to recruit 4-8 new graduate students into our programs next year supported by a combination of teaching and research assistantships.

Please see our website for more information about our graduate programs:

Because graduate students work closely with faculty in pursuing their research, you must line up a mentor before applying. Explore our Faculty Research pages to find someone whose research interests fit with your own, then contact that person to discuss applying to graduate school at WSU Vancouver:

Faculty members can be most helpful if they know a little about you. When contacting faculty, please provide a resume or CV, educational transcripts and information about your research background and interests.

WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, Washington in the southwest region of Washington state. A part of the Portland, Oregon metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of social justice, cultural and recreational interests including identity-specific community events, visual and performing arts, professional sports teams, farmers' markets and nature trails. In addition to its celebrated quality of life, the Pacific Northwest boasts a fruitful climate for scientific collaboration, with opportunities at numerous medical, environmental, research and teaching institutions throughout the region.

Learn more about the WSU Vancouver community and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by visiting these links:
- Diversity Research:
- First Generation Faculty and Staff:
- WSU Vancouver Research Now!
- Diversity in Action:
- WSUV Student Affairs:
- WSUV Access Center:
- Información en espańol:
- The Office of Equity and Diversity:

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. WSU Vancouver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and individuals who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our strategic goal of creating an equitable and inclusive community. The state of Washington prohibits discrimination in employment based on Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Creed, Disability, Age, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, and honorably discharged Veteran or Military status.

For more information on the Natural Sciences Graduate Programs at WSU Vancouver, please email or contact:

Cheryl Schultz, Professor
Program Leader for Natural Sciences Graduate Programs
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686

Posted 10/16/20

Ph.D. or M.Sc. Assistantship at Oklahoma State University - Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Biodiversity

Description: We invite applications for a Ph.D. or M.Sc. position in the field of remote sensing at Oklahoma State University. The successful candidate will use airborne and spaceborne hyperspectral data (from DLR's DESIS sensor), as well as in-situ measurements (functional traits and species diversity) to (1) map grassland diversity and (2) detect the spread of an invasive alien species in the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The position will be housed in the Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University. The target start date is August 2021.

Qualifications: Applicants with a masters' degree or bachelor's degree (at the time of appointment) in physical sciences (remote sensing, ecology, environmental science, geography, plant biology), engineering (environmental, optical), or other related fields with relevant research or work experience (e.g., hyperspectral remote sensing, landscape ecology, spatial modeling) are encouraged to apply. Programming is expected to be the core for remote sensing data analysis. Therefore, having previous experience and knowledge on how to code (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R) is ideal. Familiarity with shell scripting, Linux command line tools, and high performance computing for image processing will be ideal (but not necessary). Ability to work independently and excellent written and oral communication skills will be desirable.

To Apply: If interested in the positon or for more information, please contact Dr. Hamed Gholizadeh ( and include your CV and a brief cover letter explaining your research and career interests. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. A full application to the Graduate College will be required for an official offer to be made. More information can be found at

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

Posted 10/16/20

Fully-funded Masters Opportunities in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation at William & Mary

John Swaddle in the Biology Department and Faculty Director of the Institute for Integrative Conservation at William & Mary is recruiting new research Masters students in areas of behavioral ecology and applied conservation science, to start in Fall 2021.

The Biology Department offer a two-year research-intensive Masters program where students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many students, getting paid to complete a Masters in two years and writing publications and grants before applying to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or getting jobs is a very attractive option. We have a great track record of recent MS students going on to excellent PhD programs and professional positions. In particular, working in collaboration with the Institute for Integrative Conservation will allow students to complete collaborative projects with international conservation NGOs and other governmental and private sector partners, opening up career opportunities.

Admissions are rolling with application review beginning Dec. 1st.
We do NOT require the GRE in this application cycle.

For more information on the Biology MS program, please visit:

For more information on the Institute for Integrative Conservation, please visit:

You can read more about John Swaddle's recent work here:

For more information, please reach out to John at 

Posted 10/16/20

PhD Opportunities (fully funded) at UMiami RSMAS - Marine and Atmospheric Science

The full list of opportunities and contact information for faculty that are accepting applications for PhD opportunities (fully funded) at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science can be found here:

Just a reminder on the Open House next Friday (October 23 starting at 2 EST). We will be recording, but will only resend out to those who sign up (discuss PhD, MS, and MPS with tours of campus). Registration can be found here:

Also,if you are interested in signing up for a virtual 1 on 1 session, please click the link below to schedule a virtual meeting with:

Dr. Josh Coco (myself): Executive Director of Advancement at the Rosenstiel School, works closely with graduate students but can talk about any aspect of the school. To set up a time to chat one on one virtually with me, please click here:

Kat Grazioso: Completed her Master of Professional Science Degree (MPS) in Tropical Marine Ecology at the Rosenstiel School and now is a program coordinator at the school, and can answer general questions on all programs. To setup a time to chat one on one virtually with Kat, please click here:
Emma Pontes: Completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami with a double major in Marine Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry, earned her MPS degree at theUMiami in TropicalMarine Ecosystem Management, and is now getting her PhD at RSMAS in the marine biology department.

Virtual tour of campus can be found here (led by Emma):

Any questions, please ask!!

Josh Coco, Ed. D.
Executive Director, Rosenstiel School
Tel: (305) 421.4002
Fax: (305) 421.4711

University of Miami
RSMAS Campus SLAB 105C
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1031

Posted 10/16/20

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Soil Health

A USDA funded Ph.D. graduate research assistantship, starting in Spring of 2021, is jointly available in the Soil Biogeochemistry and Soil Microbial Ecology Groups in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. We seek a highly-motivated Ph.D. student to conduct research on improving soil health, biodiversity, and productivity of irrigated meadows. This is an interdisciplinary study that will benefit from a student with experience in both field and laboratory research. The ideal candidate will have a BS and/or M.S. degree in soil science, (bio)geochemistry, environmental science, or closely related discipline with a strong interest in soil biogeochemistry, soil microbiology, ecology, statistics, and modelling.

Project summary: Irrigated meadows above 2000-m elevation are crucial but under-performing components of livestock operations in rangeland agroecosystems. Nutrient availability is key to sustainable agriculture, but irrigated meadows concentrate organic materials above the soil, constraining microbial-mediated N cycling, binding nutrients, and limiting productivity and biodiversity. Improved understanding of linkages among soil organic matter processes, management, and ecosystem services is necessary for long-term resilience. Our goal is to develop process-level understanding in support of management that improves soil health, biodiversity, and productivity of irrigated meadows. Soils will be sampled in meadows with different long-term management scenarios, and will be analyzed for a variety of properties and SOM processes that affect N availability with integrated quantification of labile C and N components, organic matter C and N speciation (C and N K-edge XANES spectroscopy and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry), microbial community composition and function using phospholipid fatty acid analysis, extracellular enzyme activity, and C-substrate utilization. Data will be integrated with structural equation modeling to better understand causal linkages in processes that result in limited N availability.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Van Diepen, Assistant Professor of Soil Microbial Ecology at (, and Dr. Mengqiang "Mike" Zhu, Associate Professor of Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry at (

If you would like to apply for this position, email Drs. van Diepen and Zhu with "Soil Health graduate assistantship" as the subject line. Include the following in a single pdf: 1) statement of interest; 2) complete CV; 3) unofficial GRE scores; 4) unofficial transcripts; and 5) contact information for 3 references. For applicants who have a thesis-based master's degree, GRE scores can be waived. International applicants also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please contact Drs. van Diepen and Zhu if you have any questions about the position. Applications (emailed pdf) will be reviewed as they arrive and given full consideration if received by November 1st, 2020.

The ESM department at UW has a great SOILS group, with experts in pedology, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, and soil microbiology. The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, Wyoming, and is only 1 hour from Fort Collins, Colorado, and ~ 2 hrs from Denver International Airport. From Laramie you have easy access to a multitude of outdoor activities, from skiing and snowshoeing in wintertime and mountain biking and hiking in the summertime.

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

Posted 10/15/20

Three Seas: Master of Science in Marine Biology

The Northeastern University Three Seas <> Master of Science in Marine Biology Program is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for Fall 2021. Learn more at Northeastern’s Virtual Graduate Open House <> this Saturday, October 17th!

A Master’s in marine biology from Northeastern University gives graduates the hands-on experiential learning needed to succeed in a career in Marine Biology. This signature program provides graduate students the opportunity to study marine biology in three different marine environments:

1.      New England at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center (Nahant, MA)
2.      Caribbean at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Bocas del Toro, Panama)
3.      Pacific Northwest at Friday Harbor Laboratories (San Juan Island, Washington)

The program culminates in a mentored research project that students can conduct anywhere, offering them flexibility in their research goals.

This is a unique opportunity for students to live and work in the environments that they are studying and explore three diverse ecosystems through field-intensive courses in marine biology and ocean science. The program is SCUBA intensive, and students complete an average of 70 dives over the course of 15 months.

Want to see what a typical day of a Three Seas student is like? Follow us on Instagram <> and Twitter <>!

Interested in Three Seas? Email Andrea (Program Manager) at and APPLY HERE <>. Please share this opportunity with your students and networks!

Posted 10/15/20

PhD Assistantship in Aquatic Ecology/Limnology

We seek a Ph.D. student to begin in summer or fall 2021 as part of an NSF-funded big data project, "Computational Methods and Autonomous Robotics Systems for Modeling and Predicting Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms". The student will be based in the Cottingham lab at Dartmouth and enroll in the Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES) graduate program. The research team spans six institutions (Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, Bates College, Colby College, University of Rhode Island, and University of South Carolina) and includes expertise in big data, ecology, environmental science, instrumentation, and robotics. We are also partnering with local lake associations and community scientists, including the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, and will also be recruiting two new postdoctoral researchers (one at Dartmouth and one at Bates) over the next few months.

Our overarching goals are to use 'big data' generated by new tools and technologies to enhance our ability to predict development of harmful cyanobacterial blooms (HCBs). While the ultimate causes of HCBs are well-understood, identifying the proximate triggers of these events and forecasting incipient blooms are still major challenges. We are testing the hypothesis that increasing the spatial and temporal resolution of the available data, and providing more real-time and near-real-time data integration, improves bloom predictability across eight focal lakes that differ in size, trophic status, and bloom history.

We are looking for a PhD student to advance the limnological aspects of this project by:
1. Participating in team-driven field sampling; sample processing in the laboratory; and data entry, management, analysis, and synthesis. We intend for these contributions to be sufficiently meaningful to result in authorship on manuscripts led by other team members.
2. Taking the lead on 1-2 manuscripts that are (or will be) mapped out as collaborative projects under the umbrella of the broader research project.
3. Developing and taking the lead on their own project that results in 1-2 additional manuscripts connected to the overall project goals in some way.

As part of an interdisciplinary team environment that includes researchers from many different career stages, backgrounds, and institutions, the student will also:
1. Develop skills in collaboration and team science
2. Work with our partners in community-based non-governmental organizations
3. Communicate science to non-scientists
4. Travel to participating institutions to learn new skills and see different types of lake ecosystems (once it's safe to do so)
5. Mentor undergraduate students. (In addition to project resources allocated for undergraduates, Dartmouth provides generous support for undergraduate students to engage in research).
6. Build expertise in teaching and learning through teaching assistantships and attending sessions led by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)

The specific area of interest for this student is open, so long as it falls within the project scope. Areas of particular interest to the study team include, but are not limited to:
• Using sensor-based measurements from buoys, robotic platforms, drones, and/or remote sensing, in conjunction with "classic" limnological sampling, to ask and answer interesting limnological or ecological questions, within and among study lakes
• Comparing predictions of blooms derived from mechanistic models (e.g., the General Lake Model coupled with the Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics modules, GLM-AED) to fully empirical models derived from machine learning and/or statistical models
• Evaluating the extent of horizontal and vertical spatial heterogeneity in water quality metrics or plankton community structure & determining the impact of this heterogeneity on our ability to forecast water quality, including blooms, across space and time
• Extending sensor networks into surrounding watersheds to determine the impacts of anthropogenic activity (e.g., road salt) on lake food webs or water quality metrics
• Testing ecological theory (e.g., regarding early warning indicators)
• Evaluating signals of climate change in existing long-term data sets and/or testing for impacts of climate change in manipulative mesocosm experiments

The Dartmouth Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Society (EEES) graduate program guarantees all accepted students a year-round stipend plus health insurance for five years. This position includes an NSF-funded research assistantship (RA) plus EEES programmatic support in exchange for serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for one or two 10-week quarters each year. EEES TA positions are assigned based on student interest and expertise, build capacity in teaching and leadership, and offer opportunities to meet potential undergraduate assistants.

Requirements and Qualifications
Beyond a strong interest in the overarching project, applicants should:
1. Have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field by June 2020. Post-baccalaureate experience or a Master's degree in a relevant field are strongly preferred.
2. Be comfortable learning outside of classroom situations.
3. Highlight any relevant experience in (1) field sampling or laboratory processing of samples from aquatic ecosystems; (2) computer programming (in any language), statistics, and data analysis; (3) data wrangling, database management, and version control; (4) remote sensing, including drones; (5) robotics; and (6) any other fields that may be relevant to advancing the broader project aims.
4. Have a valid driver's license or be willing to obtain one, since the Hanover, NH, area is rural and the nearest study sites are a 30-45 minute drive away. A vehicle will be provided for all project-related field work.
5. Be comfortable around water. No previous experience is necessary, but willingness to learn how to swim and snorkel, pilot a canoe or kayak, or drive a motorboat is helpful.

To ask questions, learn more about the position or project, or receive a link to the application form, please email Kathy Cottingham at

Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 9, 2020, so please submit before then for full consideration. Selected applicants will then be contacted for phone or Zoom interviews later in November, ahead of the formal EEES application deadline on December 1, 2020.

Posted 10/14/20

Recruiting Master's students for encroaching shrub ecology and soil biogeochemistry

The Duval Lab at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) is recruiting a Master's student to work on the biogeochemical and hydrologic effects of removing encroaching shrubs with the aim of native grassland restoration. Work will be conducted in creosote and juniper dominated systems in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in central New Mexico. More information on our lab in general can be found at:

The position will be fully funded for the duration of the student's time at NMT via research and teaching assistantships. Please send a CV/resume (that includes contact information from 2 references), and a statement of interest to: 

Posted 10/14/20

Graduate Research Assistantship in Ecosystem Science at Colorado State University

Colorado State University has a graduate student research assistantship available in January 2021 through the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. This assistantship will support a doctoral student to study ecosystem processes with modeling approaches. The student will apply cutting edge techniques in model development and calibration to set-up a process-based model application and then use the framework to evaluate future outcomes of agricultural management on soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions. The faculty in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University conduct scholarly research to improve the sustainability of the world's ecosystems (, and the student will be joining an active ecosystem modeling group led by Dr. Stephen Ogle ( Dr. Ogle is the technical lead on the US national greenhouse gas inventory for agricultural lands and has conducted a variety of assessments to evaluate agricultural management options. Students with a background in ecology or related fields, along with mathematics and/or statistics are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Ogle (email: if you are interested in this position.

Posted 10/13/20

Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Soil Health Monitoring - University of North Dakota

The Darby Ecological Genomics Lab at the University of North Dakota is seeking a Ph.D. student for a USDA-funded soil health monitoring research project. The goal of this project is to quantify the ecological and economic soil health effects of the Conservation Reserve Program.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in field work, experience with plant and soil sampling, laboratory techniques related to soil health and microbiota, and analyzing geospatial data (such as the use of GIS, R, and/or SAS), with a M.S. degree in a related field (with a preference for experience in fields such as soil or agro-ecology). This Research Assistantship will require interacting with landowners and producers in the Central and Western states and will involve considerable travel and field work across multiple states during the summer.

To apply, please send a single PDF file to Dr. Brian Darby ( that includes at least 1) a 1-2 page cover letter (including your academic background and current status, scientific interests, professional goals, and experiences with the relevant lab and analytical skills), 2) curriculum vitae (plus any significant publications), 3) graduate and undergraduate (unofficial) transcripts and GRE scores, and 4) contact information for three references (institutional affiliation, email, and phone).

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until a candidate is identified and invited to apply for admission to the University of North Dakota graduate program to begin as soon as January 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are welcome.

Brian Darby
Department of Biology, University of North Dakota
10 Cornell Street, Stop 9019, Grand Forks, ND, USA  58202-9019
701-777-4678, Starcher Hall Room 317,

Posted 10/13/20

Seeking PhD Students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Biological Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (EE) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking applications from prospective graduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. We have a strong and collaborative research program that seeks students interested in a wide variety of topics including behavioral ecology, coevolution, community ecology, conservation biology, disease ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary biology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary development, genomic evolution, microbiome studies, molecular evolution, physiology, and quantitative ecology. As a student here, you will develop skills in critical thinking, lab and field research, experimental design, grant and publication writing, and computational and statistical analysis. You will also have the opportunity to apply cutting-edge methods in biological sciences including genomics and machine learning.

The goal of our department is to recruit, welcome, and develop students and researchers from a range of backgrounds, career stages, and research interests. We aim to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all scholars. Once admitted into our program, you will receive five years of guaranteed support, including a competitive salary, tuition waiver, and health benefits regardless of citizenship. You will also be encouraged and supported as you apply for internal and external independent funding opportunities -- our students frequently receive multi-year predoctoral fellowship awards from major granting institutions (e.g., NSF GRFP). Students may participate in our Teaching Minor program that helps develop teaching portfolios. We focus on career development and our graduate students go on to secure competitive postdoctoral research fellowships, science communication fellowships, and careers as research or teaching faculty, science communicators, staff scientists at conservation organizations and government agencies.

To apply to the Ecology & Evolution program, we highly encourage and welcome all interested students to reach out to potential advisors early in the application process. If you are enthusiastic about ecology and evolutionary biology, we are excited to meet you! Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due December 9, 2020 and may be found here. More details about applying are below.

We conduct our research in temperate and tropical ecosystems, forests, grasslands, wetlands, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in urban and rural areas. We work globally--including Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and China-- as well as around the US--California, Hawaii, Michigan, Florida. Many of our faculty and students utilize nearby field sites including our own field station--the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology--as well as other nearby natural areas including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Powdermill Nature Reserve, the US Forest Service's Allegheny National Forest, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania's Beechwood Farms, and Pittsburgh City Parks. We collaborate with biologists at nearby institutions like The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The National Aviary, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The Pitt BioSci department is equipped with a wide variety of research facilities. These include a modern greenhouse complex consisting of 5 separate year-round climate-controlled greenhouses and head-house, multiple rooms of walk-in growth chambers and germination chambers, and a plant prep room. Our shared facilities also include cell culture and virus labs, climate-controlled rooms, microscopy facilities, animal facilities, molecular imaging, mass spectrometry lab, and real-time PCR and high-throughput DNA sequencing machines.

The University of Pittsburgh is located in a vibrant city where students can explore cultural attractions, culinary hotspots, find a bustling night life, as well as quiet hikes through one of Pittsburgh's many city parks. Our city is often listed as one of the most liveable cities in the world as well as one of National Geographic's top 20 Coolest Cities.

Detailed instructions for applications are located on our departmental website. Here are some features of a strong application:

A compelling personal statement that describes your interest in pursuing a PhD with our department;
Life experiences that contribute to a diversity of viewpoints and background;
Prior conversations about your research interests with potential faculty mentors in our department;
Previous research experience from undergraduate or Master's studies;
Strong letters of recommendation;
We do not consider GRE scores in our evaluation of applicants.

These are some great resources about how to apply to grad school in ecology and evolution that you might consider reading:
A primer on how to apply and get admitted to graduate school by our very own Dr. Walter Carson
Nail the Inquiry Email by Dr. Jacquelyn Gill
Thoughts on Applying to Grad School by Dr. Meghan Duffy

Please reach out to Dr. Sara Kuebbing ( or Dr. Jessica Stephenson ( for general inquiries about the EE program or the admission process. We strongly encourage you to reach out to any of the faculty listed below or any other faculty in our program, to learn more about their specific research programs or opportunities in their lab groups.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tia-Lynn Ashman (
Jon Boyle (
Walter Carson (
Graham Hatfull (
Justin Kitzes (
Kevin Kohl (
Sara Kuebbing (
Jeffrey Lawrence (
Miler Lee (
Tera Levin (
Mark Rebeiz (
Cori Richards-Zawacki (
Jess Stephenson (
Martin Turcotte (

Posted 10/13/20

Graduate positions at Binghamton University (SUNY) in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

The Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University ( is seeking qualified applicants for admission to our PhD program for the Fall of 2021. Our department of 30 faculty members and >50 PhD students encompasses a wide range of research programs organized around three overlapping foci of Global Change Biology, Genetic & Molecular Interactions, and Infectious Disease. Our strengths in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior span across all three of these research clusters.

Faculty members potentially recruiting new students this year include:

-Anthony Fiumera - ecological genetics and genomics of complex traits (
-Carol Miles - neural basis of behavior and communication in insects (
-Heather Fiumera - mtDNA and mitonuclear contributions to adaptation and speciation, mitochondrial genetics, yeast genetics (
-Jay Sobel - genomics of speciation and adaptation in Mimulus and other flowering plants (
-Jessica Hua - host-parasite interactions, evo-eco toxicology, and phenotypic plasticity in aquatic systems (
-Kirsten Prior - community ecology, invasion biology, altered species interactions under global change (
-Laura Cook - mechanisms of host/microbe interactions and pathogenicity in gram negative bacteria (
-Laura Musselman - mechanisms underlying adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster undergoing laboratory selection on high-sugar diet (
-Lindsey Swierk - behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and herpetology (
-Peter McKenney - the role of gut microbiome dynamics in determining virulence of pathogens (
-Tom Powell - speciation and evolutionary responses to climate change in insects including apple maggot (Rhagoletis) flies and gall formers (
-Weixing Zhu - urban ecology and biogeochemistry (

Our program provides a highly interactive and supportive setting for graduate training.

PhD students are funded (stipend and tuition covered) through a combination of TA positions, RAs, and fellowships, including the University's Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship. Students can take advantage of several interdisciplinary programs on campus, including the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies, the Binghamton Biofilms Research Center, the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems, Evolutionary Studies Program, and "Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence" for Data Science, Sustainable Communities, and Health Sciences. Resources include molecular core facilities, an ecological research facility embedded within the University's extensive on campus Nature Preserve (, a 4,000+ sq ft research greenhouse, a living collection of over 1,200 plant species in the E.W. Heir Teaching Greenhouse, and the new acquired Nuthatch Hollow bird sanctuary.

Binghamton University is the top-ranked institution in the SUNY system and is consistently rated as one of the premier public universities in the Northeast. BU is included in the Carnegie Classification system's "very high research activity" (R1) category. Our 930 acre campus is located in the Southern Tier of New York, between the Catskills and Finger Lakes, about a 3 hour drive from NYC. The region features abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and a very reasonable cost of living.

Prospective students should contact potential advisors before applying. Instructions for official applications can be found on the Biology Graduate School webpage - GRE scores are not required. To ensure full consideration by our department's graduate committee for our Fall 2021 cohort, all application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2020.

Posted 10/13/20

Funded graduate and post-doc positions: climate impacts on marine invertebrate populations

We are seeking applications for NSF funded graduate and post-doc positions to conduct research on climate impacts on sea urchin populations in California. Field and lab work will be conducted at the Bodega Bay Laboratory and elsewhere in California, with flexibility for working at other field stations along the Pacific coast from Baja to British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.

Required qualifications: Post-doctoral applicants must have demonstrated skills in experimental marine ecology, ecological genetics, invertebrate reproduction, larval biology, or empirical application of bioenergetics models (e.g., dynamic energy budget models). PhD applicants should have interest and/or experience in one or more of these topics.

For more information about the project or how to apply, visit

We especially encourage applicants identifying as Indigenous or underrepresented minority for both positions. Note that GRE waivers are available. Florida State University is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the University's community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status.

Dan Okamoto
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Science
Florida State University[he/him/his]

Posted 10/13/20

M.S. Assistantship: Microbial ecology of terrestrial-aquatic linkages

The microbial ecology lab at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is seeking applicants for an M.S. assistantship to investigate the microbial role in terrestrial-aquatic linkages. The position is available starting fall semester 2021 with the potential to begin as a paid seasonal field technician in summer 2021. Funding is provided for at least two years, and consists of a competitive stipend with tuition remission.

Opportunities exist for a student to develop a project in this discipline that aligns with their interests and career goals. Possible projects include: 1) bacterial community assembly during intermittent storm runoff exposure, 2) functional response of aquatic systems to terrestrially-derived microbiota, 3) temporal patterns of microbial communities in Carolina bay wetlands. The successful applicant would become enrolled in the Odum School of Ecology at Univ. of Georgia. The initial academic year would occur predominantly on the UGA campus in Athens, GA completing coursework. Research would occur at Savannah River Ecology Lab which is a remote unit of the University of Georgia and is located on the Savannah River Site, approximately 2.5 hours away from the UGA main campus in Aiken, SC.

Applicants should submit their C.V., contact information for 3 professional references, and a one-page letter describing their previous educational and research experience, research interests, and professional goals as they relate to the position to Dr. Raven Bier ( Please put "MS assistantship" in the subject line of the email. Submissions will be considered as they are received but are due by email no later than 4 November 2020. Competitive applicants will be asked to submit an official application to UGA by 1 December 2020.

Minimum qualifications include a B.S. or B.A. degree in ecology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, or related disciplines. Preferred qualifications include previous field and laboratory experience, prior experience conducting independent research, quantitative and writing skills, and the ability to work well in a team.

Posted 10/13/20

Graduate (PhD and MS) and Postdoctoral positions at Texas State University

We are seeking multiple applicants to join a large, well-funded, multi-disciplinary, and highly collaborative group of researchers working on a large-scale project: "Quantifying drivers of native and non-native aquatic species abundance and distribution in drought- and flood-prone Texas basins". The project is a collaboration between TX State University and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center.

The Schwalb Stream Ecology Lab is looking to fill the following positions.

Graduate Students:
A MS and a PhD position is available for a highly motivated student with excellent problem-solving and written and oral communication skills. Experience with macroinvertebrates and/or freshwater mussels and sampling in rivers are preferred. Other preferred skills and experience include an advanced understanding of stream ecology, basic to advanced knowledge and experience with GIS applications (e.g., Arc, QGIS) and statistical analyses using R. Depending on thesis/dissertation topics, graduate research could include experiments in artificial stream and/or field work. Field work could include remote and sometimes difficult areas and conditions using kayaks, canoes and boats, and multiple day research trips with backcountry camping could be required. A 12-month Graduate Research Assistantship and graduate tuition are provided.

Post-doctoral Researcher:
One full-time post-doctoral faculty position is immediately available for a highly motivated applicant with strong quantitative skills, background in (meta)community and stream ecology, proficiency in R, and with excellent data-management skills. The applicant should also have excellent problem-solving, collaboration, and communication (written and oral) skills. A Ph.D. in Biology, Environmental Science, or a related science field is required at the time of employment. A record of publication in peer-reviewed literature is preferred.

The selected candidate will work on a project that will combine data mining of existing data, field sampling, experiments in artificial streams and modeling, and will be expected to be a key part of a large and multi-disciplinary group of PIs, other post-docs, students, and technicians, and will mentor and work closely with students at all levels.

Our collaborative group at Texas State University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, wants to contribute to an increase in diversity (visible and invisible) in aquatic sciences and we are especially interested in applicants who share our commitment to equity and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systematically marginalized communities. For all positions we seek and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply. Applicants for all positions are encouraged to describe how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.

Persons interested in applying should submit a letter of intent, resume, and list of at least 3 references (with email addresses). Materials should be submitted together as a single word or PDF file entitled "applicantslastname _application"ť.

Questions concerning the position and application packets should be e-mailed to Astrid Schwalb at 
More information about the Stream Ecology lab can be found at:

Posted 10/13/20

PhD Position Available in Plant Evolutionary Ecology in Dr. Erika Hersch-Green’s Lab at Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI

A PhD position is available in my lab at Michigan Technological University to join a multi-year NSF-funded project. In general, research in my lab seeks to understand the origin, maintenance, and changes of genetic, phenotypic and species diversity patterns and current projects are related to plant genome size evolution and ecology, species interactions (plant-herbivore-pathogen-pollinator-plant interactions), and invasive species biology.

The overall premise of this funded project is to examine whether and how nutrient availabilities, disturbances, and plant genome size together contribute to the structuring of terrestrial biodiversity patterns from the molecular and functional attributes of organisms to multispecies assemblages. PhD student will combine field data from across the United States with phylogenetic modelling approaches to examine how changes in nutrient conditions, disturbance regimes, and species interactions affect functional traits and multispecies biodiversity patterns across sites that vary in multiple environmental factors. Student will also have the opportunity to work with national and international teaching and research collaborators, be involved in teaching workshops/activities to enhance scientific teaching and communication skills, and to develop complementary research projects.

Funding for this position is provided for 4 years (stipend and tuition; including 3 years of GRA and 1 year of GTA). Candidates must have prior research experience in plant ecology and/or evolutionary biology and in working in field settings. Desired qualifications also include: an M.S. in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant sciences or a related discipline, an excellent academic record, a good quantitative background (including statistics), and strong writing and computing skills; skills in flow cytometry, with a Li-Cor machine, and/or in community phylogenetic methods are highly favored.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Erika Hersch-Green by email ( and include a statement of research interest, an updated CV, and contact information for 3 references. Review of applicants will begin November 1st and preferred candidates will be contacted for an interview and encouraged to submit a formal application. I anticipate student starting mid-May to early June, although the start date is flexible.

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the area is known for its natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Links for more information about the university and its surrounding area:
Michigan Tech Home Page (
Michigan Tech Graduate School (
Michigan Tech Department of Biological Sciences ( 

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Webcams (

Erika Hersch-Green, Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
740 DOW Building
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Office: 906-487-3351
Fax: 906-487-3167

Posted 10/9/20

Ph.D. assistantship in environmental data science and forecasting at Virginia Tech

The Ecosystem Dynamics and Forecasting Lab led by Dr. Quinn Thomas at Virginia Tech has funding for a new Ph.D. student position to start January 2021 or August 2021. We are recruiting a Ph.D. student to apply innovative new techniques to combine lake ecosystem modeling with sensor data analyses to forecast future water quality in drinking water reservoirs. The Ph.D. student will help develop forecasts to inform drinking water management using state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure and communicate their forecasts to water utility managers.

This position will be supported by two NSF projects ( and that are developing a water quality forecasting system for drinking water supply reservoirs, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) lakes, and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) lakes. This highly interdisciplinary Ph.D. project will combine high-frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science. There will be opportunities for both computational and field-based research.

We seek a conscientious and energetic student with quantitative and computing skills who can work independently in a collaborative environment. To learn more about what we do, please visit our lab website: The student will work closely with the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech ( and the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Florida on the project ( Students are also encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech's Interfaces of Global Change graduate program ( and interact with other students in the Virginia Water Research Center ( that is housed within our department. Virginia Tech, as Virginia's leading research and land grant institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences and is located in scenic southwestern Virginia.

The student position will be funded on a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and full health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript(s), and a list of past research experiences to  . Please feel free to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research ideas.

Posted 10/9/20

Graduate Assistantships Available

The Sheriff Lab is looking for highly motivated students to fill graduate assistantships in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The positions are fully funded including tuition. The projects are fairly open-ended and details will be designed by the graduate student in conjunction with Dr. Sheriff, but fall within the scope of:

1) Examining how invasive species may disrupt a critical trophic cascade between predator-prey-resource in the marine intertidal.
2) Examine how environmental stressors and management strategies drive changes in the physiology of southern mountain caribou.
3) Examining how road noise interferes with prey responses to predation risk in small mammals.
4) Examining how predation risk alters the learning, memory, and neurobiology of free-living mice within and across generations.
5) Examining how boom-bust food cycles influence prey behaviour and physiology and population dynamics of small mammal communities.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a B.S. in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife or a related field, have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and competitive GRE scores, publications are required for PhD applicants. Applicants must be highly motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be capable of working independently. The most qualified applicants will have laboratory and field experience, have worked with and handled wild animals.

To apply please email a cover letter describing research experience and interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial), GPA and GRE scores, and contact information of three references to Dr. Michael Sheriff ( with PhD or Graduate Application in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until January.

More information about the lab and projects can be found at

Posted 10/9/20

A PhD Position in Stream Ecology at University of Texas at Arlington

A PhD position to study the ecology of stream communities under climate change is available in Dr. Sophia Passy’s laboratory at University of Texas at Arlington (, starting in the Fall 2021 semester.

Using experimental data and extensive national and international databases of freshwater organisms (algae, macroinvertebrates, and fish), the student will contribute to a new interdisciplinary endeavor merging stream ecology, network science, and climate change. The goal of this research is to determine how biodiversity and species co-occurrence networks in streams—one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth—would respond to climate change under mitigated, stabilizing, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The outcomes would have the potential to influence environmental policy and stream management. The project will involve close collaboration with a diverse group of students, postdocs, and scientists from the US, France, Finland, and China. Additionally, the student will actively participate in the UT Arlington Stream Team, a group of students and members of the public, performing citizen science projects on water quality issues in Texas. The student will acquire highly marketable skills, including big data analysis, development and implementation of cutting-edge statistical techniques, leading international collaborations, and organizing citizen science efforts.

The successful applicant is expected to have expertise in ecology, experience with statistical data analysis, and excellent communication skills. To apply, please e-mail by December 1, 2020, your CV, a statement of research interests, GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international students, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sophia Passy (

About University of Texas at Arlington and Department of Biology:

University of Texas at Arlington is an R1-ranked research university, the second largest institution in the University of Texas system and the third fastest growing university in the nation, with nearly 43,000 students. We are a Hispanic-serving institution and rank #5 in the nation for ethnic diversity. Our doctoral program in Quantitative Biology ( provides training in sophisticated quantitative techniques and gives our graduates a competitive advantage for careers in industry, government, or academia.

About Arlington:

Arlington is situated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, affording access to numerous historical sites and cultural activities, many of which remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic for socially-distanced visits. The city of Arlington alone has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington. Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. More information on the city of Arlington can be found at

Posted 10/9/20

PhD training program in Sustainable Oceans

UC Davis is accepting applications to a graduate Research Traineeship (NRT) program "Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions," supported by a $3M award from the National Science Foundation. Our Sustainable Oceans NRT trains the next generation of PhD marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts the policy focus on the front-end of the research and training enterprise as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The basis of the interdisciplinary paradigm is combining traditional graduate training in core disciplines and interdisciplinary courses on marine science and policy with immersion into the policy process and politics surrounding ecosystem-based fishery management.

Starting in 2018, over 5 years, we anticipate training 60 PhD students, including 30 funded trainees, from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, economics, environmental policy, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and oceanography.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit

For general questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Pernille Sporon Boving (

Posted 10/8/20

M.S. Graduate student opportunity at Watershed Hydrology Laboratory, Louisiana State University

I am inviting applications for a graduate position at MS level to work with me on carbon transport and transformation in aquatic systems. The research involves field sampling of the Mississippi River and an urban lake with a research focus on biogeochemical cycling of carbon, especially CO2 outgassing. Applicants should have a BS degree in earth science, environmental science, natural resources, or a closely related field. Successful applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.25 for last two years. Verbal and quantitative scores of the GRE should be at least 310 with at least 150 and 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections, respectively. The writing score must be at least a 4.0. Performance on the GRE will be evaluated in combination with GPA, letters of reference, and other evidence of the applicants’ potential success in pursuing a graduate degree. Expected starting date is the Spring 2021 semester. The available assistantship has a stipend of $17,000 per year. Interested applicants should send to me (, a copy of their CV, GPA and GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Y. Jun Xu, Ph.D.
Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA; Email:

Posted 10/8/20

Graduate Fellowships in Urban Sustainability Available for Fall 2021

Wayne State University is recruiting outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-funded graduate training program in Urban Sustainability (T-RUST). Foundational support for graduate study will be provided with additional support likely available through other programs.

Students will pursue a Ph.D. or Master's in Anthropology, Biology, Civil Engineering, Communication, Economics, Education, Environmental Health Sciences, Geology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Sociology, or Urban Planning with a focus in Urban Sustainability.

Competitive 1-year fellowships are available to support students committed to integrating perspectives from multiple disciplines to address emerging ecological, social, economic, and technological challenges in urban sustainability. We seek to build a diverse cohort of incoming fellows and strongly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields including American Indians/Alaska natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders (such as natives of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa), persons with disabilities, veterans, and/or women.

The program will provide innovative graduate-level training that integrates social and physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our vision is to train students to work with local communities, businesses, industries, scientists, and policy-makers to understand and address sustainability challenges faced in urban settings.

Specific research themes include:
Urban Ecological Systems - The evaluation and maintenance of ecosystem services requires the integration of natural science, social science, and engineering-based environmental studies with community and education outreach research projects to sustain the urban ecological systems upon which human quality of life depends.

Urban Redevelopment and the Blue Economy - From land use and urban re-design, to global supply-chain and behavioral economics, and sociological and natural systems that make cities healthy and vital places, this research track unites social and physical sciences with engineering and design for spatially and socially integrated solutions. Studies of the "Blue Economy" are particularly relevant for cities with waterfronts that are reinventing themselves.

Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure - Analysis of the natural, engineered, and societal systems that have formed the current water infrastructure of Detroit will provide trainees the foundation for understanding the complex inter-relationships and progressive solutions for sustainable urban infrastructure. Specialties within this track will include drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater management, and the use of big data and sensor technologies in decision-making for improved infrastructure sustainability.

Successful applicants will participate in an interdisciplinary training program that includes:
-Cutting-edge research methods to address complex, multidisciplinary environmental problems.
-Thesis/dissertation development with an interdisciplinary team and internationally-recognized faculty advisors.
-Network and communication skill building through interaction with policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives, and the broader public.
-Paid internships, professional development, community service opportunities, and leadership training.
-Student exchange programs in Puerto Rico.
-Attendance at local, regional, national, and international conferences, expenses paid.

Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally-ranked research institution with state-of-the-art research facilities. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan's lakes, forests, and recreational sites.

Acceptance into the T-RUST program is contingent upon successful admission in to a partnering graduate program at WSU. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website at or contact us at

Posted 10/6/20

Final Call: PhD Position in Sustainable Agroecosystems at UW-Madison

Summary: The Freedman Lab ( at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking applications for a PhD-level Graduate Research Assistantship in Sustainable Agroecosystems. The successful applicant will work with a collaborative and multi-institutional group of researchers on a USDA-sponsored project to investigate the impact of land management strategies on the sustainable production of bioproduct agroecosystems on poor quality agricultural land across the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA. The expected start date is May 15, 2021 or sooner.

Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil microbiology, sustainability or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Some experience with assessments of soil microbiomes and biogeochemical processes as well as comfort with statistical analyses and bioinformatics using R is preferred.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should send a single document with 1) a CV, 2) a one-page personal statement describing your scientific interests and career objectives, 3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable) and 4) contact information for three references to Dr. Zac Freedman at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

University and Community: UW-Madison has a strong culture of collaboration across fields, and the selected graduate student will interact with researchers from diverse fields, including microbiology, ecology, agronomy and environmental studies. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about the campus and city, please see

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Zachary Freedman
Assistant Professor
Department of Soil Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

Posted 10/7/20

3 Graduate opportunities to study the ecology and evolution of herbivore diet breadth in the Vidal, Wimp, and Murphy labs

We are recruiting 3 graduate students to start fall 2021, one in each of our labs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (Vidal), Georgetown University (Wimp), and the University of Denver (Murphy). Salary differs by institution and degree (MS or PhD), but all include tuition waiver and healthcare. The deadline for applications varies by institution, but are between December 1 and January 15.

The successful applicants will join our NSF-funded, collaborative research program studying the ecology and evolution of diet breadth of a generalist caterpillar, fall webworm. The new students will work closely with all three of us as well as two postdoctoral fellows (Dhaval Vyas and Mariana Abarca) to study how bottom-up and top-down selective pressures affect the diet breadth of a generalist insect; the research will involve both field and lab work. More information about our previous research and also our published work on fall webworm can be found here More information about each of our labs can be found at,, and

We are committed to increasing inclusion and diversity in Ecology and Evolution and are aware of the systemic barriers that have restricted participation of certain groups in STEM. We foster a welcoming and inclusive academic environment. We do not discriminate by race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs, or abilities; all are welcome to apply. Our NSF-funded research includes outreach activities, and applicants who care about DEI and are interested in participating in these activities are especially encouraged to apply.

Please, reach out to us at,, and/or If you have a geographic preference, you can contact one of us directly. Alternatively, you can email all of us and we can discuss together which lab would be the best fit. In your email, please tell us why you are interested in a graduate degree and whether you are interested in a MS or PhD. Please also include a CV, describe why you are interested in studying plant-insect interactions, and relate any previous research experiences you have in this area.

Posted 10/7/20

Graduate student position - bat movement and disease ecology, New Mexico State University

The Mabry and Orr laboratories in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University are recruiting a graduate student(s) to participate in an NSF-funded project investigating the effects of animal movement and social behavior on disease dynamics, with a focus on bats and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Candidates who have interests in and/or experience with social network analysis, movement ecology, disease ecology, and the behavior and ecology of bats are encouraged to apply. The admitted student(s) will participate in field work with bats of the desert southwest and will be expected to formulate a MS or PhD project that contributes to overall project goals. The student(s) will be co-advised by Drs. Mabry and Orr and will join a graduate program with strengths in animal behavior and disease ecology. Rabies vaccinations will be provided if needed.

NMSU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (Carnegie Classification R2) located in Las Cruces, NM. Las Cruces is situated in the Chihuahuan Desert, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, TX and 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in the area, and Las Cruces experiences almost 300 days of sunshine each year.

Start date is somewhat flexible, but the admitted student(s) are expected to begin no later than the fall semester of 2021. The priority application due date for fall 2021 admission to NMSU is 15 January 2021.

We anticipate that selected students will be supported through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, including guaranteed summer support for the duration of the NSF grant.

Interested individuals should direct a single email to both Dr. Mabry ( and Dr. Orr ( by 30 November 2020. Please include in your email a brief statement of interest and experience and attach a current CV, and include "bat movement study" in the subject line of your email. Promising candidates will be contacted for a Zoom interview and encouraged to submit a full application for admission to the NMSU Graduate School.

For more information:

Mabry lab:
Orr lab:

Posted 10/7/20

Final Call: PhD Position in Forest Restoration, Soil Health, & Water Quality

I am recruiting a new PhD student to work in the Forest Hydrology & Soils Lab ( at Mississippi State University to assess changes in ecosystem services like water quality and soil health during forest restoration activities.

Position Description: A 3-year PhD research assistantship is available starting in January 2021. The overarching goal of this project will be to assess changes in ecosystem services during forest restoration activities. The lab has several new projects across the southeastern United States that will evaluate different restoration activities (e.g., prescribe fire, biochar amendments, fungal soil inoculations). The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to conduct both field and laboratory work and synthesize ecosystem response to support land management decisions.

Qualifications: The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. Laboratory experience is preferred, but not required.

Stipend, Tuition, & Fees: The fully-funded position in the Department of Forestry comes with a full tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance. Supplemental funding for conference travel and presentations is available.

To Apply: Interested students should first contact Dr. Courtney Siegert ( with a brief description of your research interests, experience, and career goals; an unofficial transcript, and a CV/resume. Review of candidates will occur as applications are received. For full consideration, applications are due to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University by December 1 for domestic students and October 1 for international students.

Courtney Siegert
Associate Professor
Mississippi State University

Posted 10/6/20

Graduate Fellowships in Ecological and Environmental Informatics

NAU's Informatics PhD program is recruiting students interested in Ecological and Environmental Informatics.

Are you passionate about ecology and data science? Northern Arizona University’s (NAU <>) Informatics PhD program with an emphasis in Ecological and Environmental Informatics integrates informatics (data science, computing, statistical analysis, synthesis, modeling) ecology, environmental and climate science, and other disciplines to address pressing global issues. NAU is located in the scenic mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ with access to outdoor recreation, a vibrant community, and dedicated faculty <>  doing internationally renowned research <>.

 Our T3 option <>, funded through a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award, aims to train students in team science and science communication as they gain expertise in Ecological and Environmental Informatics, and to prepare trainees for a diverse range of career paths.

Fellowships ($34,000/year stipend, tuition benefits, health insurance, for 1-2 years) are available for outstanding applicants; we strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. Additional funding is available via research <> and teaching assistantships. All funded students receive a tuition waiver. Exceptional early applicants may be eligible for supplemental funding through NAU’s Presidential Fellowship <>. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the final (Graduate College) deadline on January 1, 2021.

For full funding consideration, we recommend applyingduring the Fall 2020 semester; prospective students should apply <>  to the Informatics and Computing (INF) program, and explicitly indicate interest in the EEI T3 program within the personal statement. We strongly encourage interested students to contact prospective faculty mentors <> or the T3 Program Coordinator (Dr. Kimberly Samuels-Crow,

Kimberly E. Samuels-Crow, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
(pronouns she/her/hers)

T3 Program Coordinator
The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS)
Northern Arizona University
Office:  SICCS rm 206
Phone: (928) 523-2592 (*Note - due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am working from home, but I will still have access to voicemails left at this number)

Posted 10/6/20

Reminder: MS position in Thornforest Restoration & Seedling Ecophysiology - South Texas

Reminder: We are still reviewing applications for this position below.

We are inviting applications for a graduate position (MS) to participate in a seedling conditioning study aimed at enhancing thornforest seedling field performance and restoration success. The study is funded by The Nature Conservancy and is a collaborative project between the Fierro-Cabo and Christoffersen labs (see and at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The appointment is to begin January 2021 if possible (preferred), and no later than the summer 2021.

Critical factors limiting the effective restoration of thornforest in South Texas include the harsh environmental conditions often encountered by transplanted seedlings. These commonly result in water loss by transpiration that is not replaced in the short term leading to severe hydric stress and damage. Also, initial root growth (after planting) is sustained by the reserves seedlings accumulated during their growth at the nursery, and are thus critical for survival and establishment. The research component of this position is aimed at evaluating conditioning pretreatments to minimize the transplant shock and improve initial field performance of thornforest seedlings. Opportunities exist for complementary research activities in other on-going thornforest and estuarine restoration studies.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, agronomy or a related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. Prior experience in native plant communities and/or plant biology is preferred, as is the ability to conduct fieldwork occasionally under hot weather conditions. A current, valid U.S. driver's license and good driving record is also preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Biology MS program or in the Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences MS program pursuing the thesis option. The position has a tuition scholarship in addition to a stipend of $16,500 per year. This grant support is currently available for one year with the possibility of a second year. If grant funding were not available for the second year, various UTRGV assistantships (graduate student assistantship or teaching assistantship) may be available (about $5,000 per semester).

Interested applicants should send to Dr. Alejandro Fierro ( a copy of their CV or resume, GPA (minimum 3.0) and GRE scores (not required for admission but send them if available), transcripts, a written statement of graduate research interests, and contact information for two references. Underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

UTRGV is one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country, and the only public university in a hyper-diverse subtropical international borderland along the rapidly urbanizing south Texas region. The Rio Grande Valley offers a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities within a rich and diverse multicultural setting.

Posted 10/5/20

PhD opportunities in global change ecology at Rice University

The McCary lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program within the Department of BioSciences at Rice University is looking to recruit 1-2 PhD students to start Fall 2021. My lab studies how environmental change affects the relationship between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. I use an integrative approach, including field and lab experiments, ecological modeling, and molecular techniques. More details on my research program can be found at

The potential opportunities for PhD research include:
(1) implications of plant invasion on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function
(2) urbanization effects on terrestrial ecosystem and community dynamics
(3) understanding the role of ecosystem structure in determining food web responses to altered resource availability
(4) climate change impacts on the relationship between soil food webs and ecosystem processes

PhD students in my lab are expected to develop an independent research program within one of the areas described above. Previous research experience in food-web or ecosystem ecology will be ideal but is not necessary.

My lab is committed to supporting members from backgrounds that have historically been and continue to be marginalized. I am devoted to creating a working environment free of discrimination based on any aspects of individuals’ identities, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and age. My approach to mentoring is student-focused, supportive, and flexible.

Applicants interested in joining the McCary Lab at Rice University should contact me directly via email ( The email should include the following: (1) a 1-page summary of your academic background, research interests, and motivation for earning a graduate degree and (2) your CV. Successful applicants will receive a tuition waiver, health care, and a competitive stipend from guaranteed fellowship support. Rice’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program does not require GRE scores and there is no application fee.

Rice University is in Houston, Texas—the most diverse large city in the nation. Houston was ranked as the 11th best large city in America according to Best Cities 2020 ranking. Rice is also ranked 16th in the 2021 US News and Reports best national university rankings.

Posted 10/3/20

PhD positions in microbiome ecology at UT Arlington, Texas

Positions for two PhD students to study the ecology of the insect microbiome are available in Dr. Alison Ravenscraft's laboratory at the University of Texas at Arlington: Both positions start in August 2021. Ravenscraft Lab focuses on ecological interactions between insects and their microbial symbionts. Graduate students are encouraged to contribute to one or both of the lab's current lines of research:

Project 1 seeks to quantify the role of gut microbiota in the plant-insect chemical arms race. Coevolution between plants and the insects has generated much of Earth's biodiversity: plants evolve chemical defenses to deter herbivores, and insects evolve ways to avoid or degrade these toxins. The idea that gut flora may assist insects in breaking down plant defenses has been often proposed, but rarely tested. We ask whether, and how much, the insect gut flora contribute to detoxification of an herbivorous diet.

Project 2 examines the relationship between stinkbugs and the bacterial genus Burkholderia, an emerging model system in symbiosis research, to understand when and how animals benefit from environmentally-acquired microbes. A large percentage of the host-associated microbiota, including the gut and skin flora, are obtained directly from the host's surroundings (rather than from the parental generation). This component of the microbiota is often ignored but may play unique functional roles for the host. We ask whether the environmental acquisition of Burkholderia may confer rapid adaptations to environmental stressors such as pesticides or climate change.

Both projects will involve a combination of field work, insect rearing experiments in the lab, microbial cultivation, and high-throughput metagenomics. Students will acquire highly desirable skills including microbial culture techniques and the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets. We are a friendly and collegial department, and students will benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with other labs on campus that offer expertise in areas such as genomics, ecological network science, and global change.

Interested students should send an email describing their academic background and research interests to Dr. Ravenscraft ( with "PhD position" in the subject line. Applicants should apply to the PhD program in Biology ( Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020.

About UTA:
UT Arlington is an R1-ranked research university, the second largest institution in the University of Texas system and the third fastest growing public university in the nation, with over 40,000 students. We are a Hispanic-serving institution and rank #8 in the nation for ethnic diversity. Our doctoral program in Biology focuses on training students to apply sophisticated quantitative techniques to solve research problems. This gives our graduates a competitive advantage for careers in industry, government, or academia. The Department ( offers access to numerous resources including state-of-the-art labs, an Animal Care Facility, a Genomics Core Facility, the North Texas Genomics Center, and the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies - a major partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments that offers extensive resources for imaging, proteomics and analytical chemistry.

About Arlington:
Arlington is situated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, affording access to numerous restaurants, microbreweries, and entertainment opportunities (museums, theatre, music, sports). While opportunities to appreciate these are, of course, reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants and museums have re-opened for outdoor and/or socially distanced visits. The city of Arlington alone has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington. Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. More information on the city of Arlington can be found at (

Fundamental requirements include:
• A bachelor's degree or higher in Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, or a related field
• Strong work ethic and independence
• Excellent communication and teamwork skills
• Excellent English writing and speaking ability.

Although not required, the preferred candidate will have prior research experience, programming experience (R or Python), and demonstrated scientific writing skills.

Posted 10/3/20

PhD/MS positions in quantitative microbial ecology & evolution at UCLA

Adviser: Colin T. Kremer

The Kremer Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles is seeking creative and motivated PhD or MS students to join the lab in the Fall of 2021. We explore how environmental variability affects ecology (from populations to ecosystems) in light of physiological and evolutionary responses to change. We develop and test ecological and evolutionary theory using math, statistics, and experimental/observational data. Most of this work involves studying the thermal ecology of charismatic microbes (phytoplankton) living in marine and freshwater habitats.

Potential research areas include: 1) interactions between ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, 2) the influence of multiple environmental drivers (e.g. temperature and nutrients) on species' distributions; 3) the ecological consequences of phenotypic plasticity; and/or 4) microbial mutualisms and co-evolution. Students will have opportunities to develop new theory, explore extensive ecological data, and conduct laboratory experiments. Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in aquatic or microbial ecology, modeling, and statistics are desired.

**Application process**

Interested and qualified candidates should read about the lab's research ( and send an email describing their motivation and research interests as they relate to our lab, along with a CV and summary of relevant coursework (e.g., unofficial undergraduate transcript) to Strong applicants will be contacted for scheduling an informal interview online. Applications to UCLA are due December 1st. Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships, but applications to outside funding sources are strongly encouraged.

Applications from individuals from diverse and/or under-represented backgrounds are welcomed!

**About UCLA**

Founded in 1919, UCLA is a world-renowned institution with a longstanding record of impactful, collaborative research. With roughly 100 graduate students, 30 faculty members, and 25 postdoctoral scholars, the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department offers ample opportunities for productive in-house interactions as well as collaboration with other departments and UC campuses. The Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains are both a short drive away from the UCLA campus, providing tremendous opportunities for research and recreation. Los Angeles is ethnically diverse and culturally rich, and a global destination for travel, entertainment, and outdoor adventure.

Posted 10/3/20

Postdoctoral position in community ecology available at Georgia Tech

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Lin Jiang's laboratory at the School of Biological Sciences of Georgia Institute of Technology ( The postdoc will work on a NSF-funded project investigating the role of phylogenetic diversity for community assembly and ecosystem functioning. The project primarily involves conducting laboratory microcosm experiments with bacteria and bacterivorous protists. In addition to working on the project, the postdoc will be encouraged to develop his/her own research program. Applicants should have earned (or will soon earn) a Ph.D. in community ecology, microbial ecology, or related fields. Competitive salary and benefits are provided. The position is available from January 1, 2021. The appointment will be for one year initially, and may be extended for a second year (pending performance). Applicants should electronically send an application package including a statement of research interests, a CV, and contact information of three references to me at Potential applicants are encouraged to contact me for more information.

Ph.D. student opportunities in community ecology available at Georgia Tech

I am seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students to join my laboratory at the School of Biological Sciences of Georgia Institute of Technology, in Fall 2021. My primary research interests are in community ecology (see more information at, and students interested in community ecology and related fields should apply. The successful candidates will have the freedom to choose their study systems (laboratory, field, or theoretical) and develop their own research projects during their graduate studies. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, with graduate fellowships also available for outstanding students. Note that as of fall 2020, GRE is no longer required for admission to our graduate program; the application deadline is Dec 15, 2020. For more information about our graduate program and online application, please go to Potential applicants may wish to contact me (Lin Jiang; email: prior to filing an application.

Posted 10/1/20

PhD. Research Assistantships in Aquatic Ecology

The Resetarits Lab ( at The University of Mississippi anticipates 2-3 openings for Spring or Fall 2021 for highly qualified PhD. students as Doherty Research Assistants in Freshwater Biology. These are 12 month Research Assistantships in the Department of Biology and the Center for Water and Wetlands Resources, providing full 5 years of support. Current stipend is 28-30k/year, with health insurance, and full tuition remission. Recipients are expected to design and implement independent dissertation projects (empirical and/or theoretical) at the interface between community, behavioral, and evolutionary ecology in freshwater systems, or at the freshwater/terrestrial interface, as well as participate in ongoing lab projects. Current studies in the Lab address a variety of questions, including the role of habitat selection in the assembly of communities and the dynamics of metacommunities, the role of diversity and species interactions in community assembly/ecosystem function, life history evolution in amphibians and insects, and biochemical, behavioral, evolution and community dynamics of chemical camouflage. Study organisms include amphibians, aquatic insects, other aquatic invertebrates, and fish, while focal habitats range from small ephemeral ponds to headwater mountain streams. Funding for past and ongoing research has come primarily from the National Science Foundation, along with EPA/NASA, and the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation.

The Resetarits Lab is based in the Department of Biology and the lab is housed at the University of Mississippi Field Station (UMFS), approximately 11 miles from the main campus in Oxford. Students have office space both on campus and at UMFS. The Lab has outstanding space and facilities and access to over 200 experimental ponds and wetlands at the UMFS (check us out on Google maps,-89.3935815,15.02z), hundreds of mesocosms of various sizes for experimental work, and dedicated field vehicles. The Department of Biology at The University of Mississippi has an organismal focus, including a dynamic and growing group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists ( The University of Mississippi is dedicated to fostering diversity at all levels within the University community ( Oxford is a small, dynamic, progressive community with excellent cultural amenities, great food, a fun atmosphere, and a reasonable cost of living. The University of Mississippi campus is one of the most beautiful in the country.

For more information contact me at the address below. To begin the application procedure, please attach a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. William Resetarits (

Posted 10/1/20

1-2 Grad Positions in Swenson Lab @ Notre Dame

The Swenson Lab is searching for 1-2 new graduate students to begin in the fall of 2021. We are looking for students interested in tree functional ecology, life history tradeoffs, demography and community ecology. Funding is available to support students interested in working in eastern North American forests and/or Asian subtropical or tropical forests. Previous research experience is essential for either position. Experience working in Asia or experience in tropical botany is essential for applicants interested in working in southeast Asia. Both positions will be associated with an NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project and will be expected to leverage existing data from long-term forest dynamics plots and NEON as a part of their research.

The lab ( will be joining the Department of Biology at the University of Notre Dame ( in January 2021 and the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center ( will serve as a hub for our research on North American tree biology. If you are interested in joining our team, please email a description of your research experiences and interests and a CV to Dr. Nate Swenson (nswenson "a"

Posted 9/30/20

MS graduate position(s) in Conservation, Data Science, and Genomics @ William and Mary

The Puzey Lab is looking for 1-2 new M.S. graduate students to begin in Fall 2021. We are looking for students who are passionate about plants, conservation, and/or genomics. The lab uses a range of big-data approaches to address pressing conservation questions Specifically, we are interested in using milkweed plants (Asclepias) and its associated insect herbivores (monarch butterfly, milkweed beetle, milkweed bug, etc.) as a model to understand how the Anthropocene has impacted plant and insect interactions. Experience with GIS and/or Python is desirable.

Please email Josh Puzey ( for additional information.

Chartered in 1693, William and Mary (W&M) is the second oldest school in the US and located in historic Williamsburg, VA. W&M offers a two-year, research-intensive M.S. program where students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many students, getting a Master's degree in two years while earning grants and publications allows them to gain admittance to high-profile Ph.D. programs or take that next career step.

With a low student to faculty ratio (8-10 new students and 23 full-time faculty), we can offer an intimate and highly personalized research and education experience rarely attainable at larger universities. Our graduate students also work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities.

Additional information can be found:

The GRE is not required for admission.

Posted 9/30/20

Graduate Assistantships in Forest Nutrient Cycling and Uncertainty Analysis

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have received full-factorial N x P treatments annually in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands treated with Ca. Research in the MELNHE project has included aboveground diameter growth, leaf production by species, foliar nutrient resorption, soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, mycorrhizae, and snail and arthropod diversity. Prospective students could follow up on those topic areas or supply ideas for research in new areas in the context of the MELNHE project. More information on the project can be found at

QUERCA (Quantifying Uncertainty Estimates and Risk for Carbon Accounting) is a new project, building on the strengths of QUEST (Quantifying Uncertainty in Ecosystem Studies; The goal of QUERCA is to develop and disseminate peer-reviewed tools and approaches for error propagation for use by carbon accounting technicians and researchers, especially those in tropical countries seeking support from REDD+ to reduce deforestation and forest degradation for climate mitigation. QUERCA will help support students working in the MELNHE project who are interested in contributing to this effort.

We welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available at

Ideally, new students join us at the start of the summer field season at the beginning of June, so as to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of Sustainable Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

We appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE (and QUEST) data to begin thinking about how they might contribute to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at

Ruth Yanai

Posted 9/30/20

MS and PhD Assistantships in Tree Physiology – Auburn University

The Tree Physiological Ecology Lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University ( is recruiting 1 MS and 1 PhD student to join the lab beginning Fall 2021. Students from underrepresented backgrounds in Forestry are especially encouraged to apply. Our research seeks to improve our understanding of tree responses to environmental change and management, genetic variation in tree growth and physiology, and the interactive effects of genetic variation and environmental change on physiological processes ranging from the leaf- to forest-scale. Students are expected to carry out extensive greenhouse, mesocosm, or field research in any area including (but not limited to):

1) biogeographic controls of tree responses to warming and heat stress,
2) the influence of adaptation vs acclimation in tree responses to warming and drought,
3) main and interactive effects of genetic variation and resource availability on tree and forest function, and
4) physiological ecology of coastal trees/forests

Qualified students will receive a graduate research assistantship but will occasionally assist with undergraduate teaching (Forest Tree Physiology). The MS student will receive financial support for 2 years ($18,000 per year). The PhD student will receive financial support for 3 years ($22,000 per year). Students in both positions will receive a tuition waiver.

Requirements: 1) Bachelor's degree (or Master's degree if applying for PhD) in relevant field including Biology, Botany, Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Agriculture, 2) high degree of self-motivation and ability to manage/maintain field and growth chamber experiments with occasional travel to field sites. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated research experience in plant physiology/ecology, experimental design, data management, and analysis.

If interested, please contact Dr. Mike Aspinwall at Candidates are encouraged to supply
(1) A cover letter briefly describing your research interests/experience
(2) resume/CV including contact information for at least two references,
(3) unofficial transcripts.

Posted 9/30/20

Ph.D. assistantship in crop physiology

A Ph.D. student position is available in the Cropping Systems Agronomy Program at the University of Idaho to investigate crop physiology and water use efficiency of pulse crops in different cropping systems.

The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary project investigating crop physiology, irrigation management, and soil health. The primary responsibilities of the candidate will include 1) examining pulse crops yield and quality in different pulse-cereal cropping systems, 2) estimating crop water use and creating different water regimes, and 3) evaluating physiological parameters of pulse crops, including carbon assimilate and allocation, water use efficiency, root biomass and morphology, and carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination.

A Bachelor's degree is required in Crop Science, Agronomy, Biology, Soil Science, or a related field. A Master Degree in Crop Science, Agronomy, Plant Biology or other related areas is preferred. Demonstrated written and oral skills are essential, and previous experience working in field experiments is desired. For this position, the candidate will need to meet the requirements of acceptance for the Graduate Student Program in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Idaho.

The position is located at the University of Idaho, Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. The expected starting date is January 2021, with an estimated annual salary of $22,000.

To apply, please submit a current CV including contact information of three references to Dr. Xi Liang at

Posted 9/30/20

Auburn University graduate position--dam effects on fishes

We are looking to recruit a graduate student (MS or PhD level) this fall, with the hopes to start sometime in early 2021. Our goal is to begin evaluating applications starting by the end of October, hopefully getting folks for interviews during November. The position will be to participate in a broad-scale study of the influence of dams on riverine fish populations. The overall project is combining field sampling and tracking, laboratory respirometry and swimming performance studies, hard part chemistry, energetics and modeling, etc., all in a collaborative research effort. Additional details can be found at

Students are expected to conduct their thesis/dissertation research project and complete required course work. Students will receive a stipend (currently approx. $17,000/year [MS level] - $19,000/year [PhD level]), waiver of both in-state and out-of-state tuition, as well as required technical help, all costs of conducting the research (including travel to field sites, supplies and equipment, etc.), and travel to scientific meetings.

To apply send a letter of interest, along with a current CV (including GPA and GRE scores, if available), contact information for three (3) references, and copies of transcripts to: Dennis DeVries, .

For additional information, please contact either:
Dennis DeVries (
Rusty Wright (

We anticipate beginning the evaluation of applications in late October 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Posted 9/30/20

PhD Research Assistantship Fire Ecology

PhD Assistantship in Fire Ecology evaluating the effectiveness of fuel breaks in mitigating size and risk of damaging wildfires and the fuel break ecological impacts in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. Dr. Eva Strand ( and Dr. Tim Prather ( are seeking a highly motivated PhD student in Natural Resources at the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences and Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Idaho.

The successful applicant would conduct research involving vegetation and fuel sampling in the field, spatial and statistical analysis of data from past interactions of fuel breaks and fire, modeling of fire behavior using existing tools and decision support systems, and conduct plant community analysis within and around fuel breaks. Desired skills include experience with some aspect of computer modeling and spatial analysis, vegetation sampling, and utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. Evidence of good oral and written communication skills is required.

The research will be conducted in an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students evaluating the effects of fuel break types on fire mitigation, plant community ecology, and the rural economy. The team collaborates closely with research partners including the Bureau of Land Management and the local ranching community of southern Idaho. The project is funded by the Joint Fire Science Program.

The PhD assistantship has a starting date of January 2021. To apply, please email Eva Strand ( or Tim Prather ( with a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position is scheduled to remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idaho with the earliest start date of January 2021; information about the application procedure is available online.

Posted 9/29/20

Graduate Opportunity - Tropical Community Ecology

I am recruiting 1-2 graduate students to join my lab beginning August 2021:

If your passions involve plant, insects, and fungi, the BachelotLab is for you! Research in the lab is focused on plant demography, species interactions, coexistence, and global change biology, with emphasis on plants, insects, and fungi. Current projects are examining:
- effects of enemies (herbivores, pathogens, etc.) and mutualists on plant communities
- effects of altered climate on species interactions and coexistence
- roles played by enemies and mutualists along succession
- coexistence theory

Incoming students will be expected to develop an independent research program within these or related areas. For more information about research in the lab and recent publications, see A major theme of the lab is combining field observations, theoretical methods, and genomic approaches to tackle ecological questions. Prospective students with strong quantitative skills and experience or interest in theoretical ecology and theory/data interface are especially encouraged to apply.
The Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution at Oklahoma State University is home to a collegial and vibrant community of scholars. We have an unusually strong concentration of faculty and students studying the plant biology from the molecular to the ecosystem scales ( We are located in Stillwater, OK, a diverse, affordable, and friendly city.

Applicants should contact me directly ( and provide the following: (1) a paragraph describing your academic background, including any research experience and a statement about why you want to earn a graduate degree, (2) a paragraph describing the type(s) of research you would like to pursue as a graduate student and how your research interests would fit the lab, (3) CV, (4) undergraduate transcripts, and (5) contact information (name, institution, email, and phone) for 2-3 references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (open immediately).

Please contact me ( if you would like additional information.

Posted 9/26/20

PhD position in ecological/evolutionary plant physiology

I am looking for PhD students to join my new lab at Florida International University in ecological and evolutionary plant physiology. Students are encouraged and supported to develop their own projects under these broad categories. Current and ongoing projects in the lab include (1) the effects of genome size-cell size allometry on plant structure, function, and evolution, (2) the physiological dimensions of floral evolution, and (3) speciation of the desert genus Encelia (Asteraceae). Recent funding will support work on the development and evolution of the mesophyll tissue in flowers, using 3D imaging and physical modeling. Active collaborations with evolutionary genomicists and soft matter physicists provide ample opportunities for novel, interdisciplinary work. Furthermore, the diverse living collections in Miami (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center) provide a plethora of opportunities for comparative studies of tropical and subtropical plants, in addition to the diversity of ecosystems available in south Florida. Incumbents will be part of a growing plant science community associated with the International Center for Tropical Botany, which is housed at The Kampong, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Further details about recent publications and ongoing work can be found at Interested applicants should send me ( a brief description of potential research interests and a resume or CV.

Florida International University is located in Miami, one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the US. Miami is an incredibly vibrant and culturally diverse city, with some of the best food in the country. South Florida is a subtropical paradise with warm summers and mild winters and home to two national parks (Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park), numerous beaches, and the Florida Keys.

The lab is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize that science does not happen devoid of social context, and we strive to actively incorporate conversations about this context into how we do science. We aim to flatten the traditional hierarchy of access and reward through active inclusion.

Posted 9/25/20

MS Position Available Spring 2021 to Study Fire Ecology of Oak and Pine Forests

A MS position is available with Dr. Heather Alexander and the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. The student will conduct extensive field research investigating the influence of fire on upland oak and pine forest regeneration and consequences of forest compositional shifts on resource availability and forest flammability at a variety of sites across the southeast. The student will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) but will assist with teaching undergraduate courses in Forest Fire Management (Spring 2021/2022) and Forest Ecology (Spring 2022).

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, wildlife sciences, or a related field. Applicants must: 1) have experience in prescribed fire implementation and be comfortable using a drip torch, 2) be in excellent physical condition and capable of working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation, and 3) have a strong desire to pursue non-field related activities including data analysis and scientific writing. Ability to drive ATVs, side x sides, tractors and operate chainsaws and other equipment strongly desired. Must also possess a current and valid driver's license and be able to drive a state vehicle.

If interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander ( (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a resume/CV; (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Details on the full application process to the Auburn Graduate School can be found at Financial support is available for two years, starting in spring 2020, and includes a stipend ($18,000/year) and tuition waiver. Review of applications will begin immediately. Virtual interviews will begin October 5.

Heather D. Alexander
Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University
602 Duncan Dr., Auburn, AL 36849

Posted 9/25/20

Grad & Postdoc Positions in Freshwater Science at Purdue

I am recruiting multiple funded graduate and post doc positions. Graduate applications are being accepted from prospective masters and PhD students. There are broad opportunities to work with sensors and lots of data to solve water quality problems and understand carbon cycling in freshwaters. If you want to conduct research that generates applied solutions and emphasizes citizen engagement, you are encouraged to apply.

Project Opportunities Include:

-Apply national networks of in situ water sensors (including NEON and USGS) to model microbial processing of organic matter.
-Use sensor networks to model and predict water quality in midwestern lakes at risk for eutrophication.
-Understand landscape controls on methane production using high resolution LiDAR and bathymetry.

Start Date: January-August 2021

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, env. science, computer science, or similar (broadly interpreted).

To Apply: Send cover letter, C.V., and contact information for three references to Jake Hosen ( Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about Purdue Forestry ( and Purdue Digital Agriculture (
Check out this posting on my website:

Jake Hosen
Assistant Professor
Forestry & Natural Resources
Purdue University

Posted 9/24/20

Comparative Biology Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Sponsor American Museum of Natural History
Deadline Date 15-Dec-2020
Contact Email
Sponsor Website
Program URL

The AMNH PhD Program in Comparative Biology will train the next generation of biologists through an integrative approach that focuses on the history, evolutionary relationships, and interactions among species.

Posted 9/23/20

Ph.D. position in seagrass biodiversity at Univ. of Virginia / VCR LTER

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one Ph.D. student to study the patterns and drivers of seagrass biodiversity at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research project (VCR LTER; The Virginia Coast Reserve is home to the world's largest successful seagrass restoration, which has been studied for over two decades by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at UVA and beyond ( The student will undertake new field studies and analyze existing long-term data to understand spatial and temporal patterns in the biodiversity of seagrass-associated invertebrates and fishes. The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani ( and join UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences (

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have strong interests in community ecology and marine ecology; experience in field ecology (especially in marine or aquatic ecosystems); and demonstrated quantitative skills, such as data analysis or scientific programming (or strong motivation to acquire such skills).

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

The Castorani Lab is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse research environment. Applicants will be considered regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani ( (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2-3 references; and (4) a writing sample, if available.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 for enrollment in Fall 2021, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

Posted 9/22/20

Ph.D. position in ecological synchrony of kelp forests at Univ. of Virginia / SBC LTER

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one Ph.D. student to study ecological synchrony in giant kelp forests across California and Baja California, Mexico. The student will investigate the patterns, causes, and consequences of synchrony in kelp populations and associated reef communities using numerous long-term, large-scale datasets. The student will join an interdisciplinary team of PIs, postdocs, and graduate students at UVA, the University of Kansas, and UC Santa Barbara associated with a newly-funded NSF project ( The student will also be part of the collaborative Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program (SBC LTER; The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani ( and join UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences (

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, applied statistics, computer science, mathematics, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have interests in population or community ecology and strong quantitative skills, such as data analysis, ecological modeling, or scientific programming.

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

The Castorani Lab is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse research environment. Applicants will be considered regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani ( (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2-3 references; and (4) a writing sample, if available.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 for enrollment in Fall 2021, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

Posted 9/21/20

U Tennessee: PhD and Masters opportunities in Conservation Science

University of Tennessee: We continue to expand our cross-campus activities in Conservation Science. We are looking to recruit excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this expansion. At this time, we seek excellent students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study through our Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our recruitment process is highly competitive and successful applicants will receive tuition, health care, and a stipend from guaranteed TA line support. Details: Applications are due 1st December 2020 for enrollment in August 2021, but applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective advisers now. For information about other graduate opportunities in EEB, see

Posted 9/19/20

Graduate Student Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology

Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Research opportunities:  Dr. Stuart Ludsin ( has openings available for up to three M.S. and Ph.D. students to conduct basic and applied research in aquatic ecology. Research topics include: 1) the ecology of Lake Erie yellow perch (e.g., Are invasive species affecting yellow perch foraging, movement, and vulnerability to anglers?); 2) the ecology of blue catfish and channel catfish in Ohio reservoirs (e.g., Do these species compete for food and habitat?); and 3) the impact of cyanobacteria blooms and hypoxia on Lake Erie’s food webs (e.g., How do these stressors affect habitat use, feeding interactions, energy flow, and (or) cyanotoxin accumulation in the food web?). Students would help design their projects, with each project potentially allowing for the opportunity to do fieldwork (e.g., telemetry), modeling, and experiments.

Location: Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory ( within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. A Bachelor’s degree and (or) M.S. degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required. Strong writing, quantitative, and people-management skills are essential.

Stipend: $2,389/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Graduate Research Assistantship support exists for the first listed two projects, whereas the third project has Graduate Teaching Assistantship support.

Start date: Fall 2021.

How to apply: Application review will begin on Nov. 15, with applications accepted until suitable candidates are found. If interested, please email Dr. Stuart Ludsin ( 1) a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as  your research interests/goals; 2) a curriculum vitae (or resume); 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript(s); 4) contact information for at least three professional references; and 5) your GRE scores (although they are not mandatory for admission), and if applicable, TOEFL/TSE scores. Please put “Ludsin Graduate Positions” in the subject line.

Additional information: For additional information about application procedures and requirements, visit For more information about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory or Dr. Ludsin, please visit the websites above or contact me at

The Ohio State University
Stuart A. Ludsin
Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Director, Fish Management in Ohio Partnership (with Ohio Division of Wildlife)
Co-Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate

Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 222 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
614-292-1613 Office / 614-795-7044 Mobile / 614-292-0181 Fax Email / & Web

Posted 9/18/20

Graduate Opportunity: Community Ecology

The Swan Lab at UMBC ( is currently recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2021.  Research interests are generally open, but should align with the lab’s historically diverse interests in research on the application of theory on how local vs regional effects explain species coexistence in built (plants) and non-built (streams and rivers) environments. Survey, experimental and synthesis approaches are welcome. As the student will be expected to develop their own project, a Master’s degree is desirable in biology or ecology.

If interested, please send an email cover letter describing research interests, career goals, any related experience, a current CV; unofficial academic transcript; and, the name and full contact information for three references to Dr. Christopher M. Swan ( Review of applications will be rolling until the University’s official deadline to apply at the end of January 2021.

Christopher M. Swan, Ph.D.
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Systems
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
216 Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

Posted 9/18/20

Graduate student positions: evolutionary ecology

I am currently recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students to join my lab starting Fall 2021.

My lab combines evolution, ecology, and behavior to study how populations and communities respond to environmental change. We are particularly interested in how population responses and their consequences for community interactions vary across time and space. We use lab and field experiments, field collections, and population genomics. Work in the lab currently focuses on two study systems: Rhagoletis flies and Ambystomatid salamanders. More details are available at:

Potential research topics include, but are not limited to:
1) Testing how environmental changes affect selection on populations and evaluating how these changes alter community interactions (e.g., competition, predation, parasitism).
2) Testing how response to environmental change affects (the potential for) gene flow by measuring differences in habitat use, timing of reproduction, mating interactions, and/or reproductive success and estimating consequences for divergence and speciation.
3) Comparing population responses to environmental change across latitudinal gradients and examining potential contributions (e.g., differences in standing genomic variation, evolutionary history of selection and/or gene flow).

I welcome students from underrepresented groups in STEM. My mentoring approach is supportive, flexible, and student-centered. I am currently involved in efforts within my department and one of my professional societies to take actions that improve inclusivity and equity. There are also university fellowships to support students from underrepresented groups.

If you are interested in potentially joining my lab, please email me ( with (1) a ~1pg statement of your research interests, research experience, and motivation for going to grad school and (2) your CV or resume. Previous research experience in evolution, ecology, or behavior and with field work or genomics would be great, but this experience is not required.

Details on the application process are available here: Email me first before applying. Please note that the GRE is not required. Applications for fall 2021 are due by Jan. 15, 2020 to be considered for financial support. Financial support includes teaching assistantships, university fellowships, and diversity fellowships, all of which provide a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

The University of Louisville has ~23,000 students and is located close to downtown Louisville. Louisville is a fun and vibrant city with a variety of options for food, entertainment, and cultural experiences paired with access to hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities (

Posted 9/18/20

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: Avian Population Genomics PhD

The Lavretsky Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso ( is currently recruiting a graduate student to start in the Fall of 2021! The NSF funded PhD position will unravel genomic consequences when domesticated individuals interbreed with their wild sister taxa. The student will join a vibrant and growing research body in the Department of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program, at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

In short, the student will work to uncover the genomic and morphological consequences from a century of interbreeding between domestic and wild mallard ducks. The student will join a multi-institutional research team, and will apply a comprehensive set of molecular techniques to geographically broad species-wide sample sets from contemporary populations, where they will work with  >100 full genomes of genetically vetted pure wild mallards, domestic mallards, and their hybrids. Genetic sampling will be extended 100 to 150 years into the past using ancient DNA approaches with museum specimens. Moreover, using 3D morphometric analysis of museum specimens, as well as feeding trails with live wild and domesticated mallards, we will examine how the movement of traits associated with domesticated birds (e.g., bill morphologies that affect feeding efficacy) into wild populations may affect the adaptability of wild populations. The PhD student will have the opportunity to live in Washington D.C. for several summer months where they will work alongside Smithsonian collaborators to collect ancient DNA and 3D morphometric data.


- B.S. Degree in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, conservation genetics, bioinformatics or a related field
- Highly self-motivated, independent, and creative thinkers that are enthusiastic about pursuing a career in population, conservation, and evolutionary genetics.


- M.S. Degree in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, conservation genetics, bioinformatics or a related field
- Experience in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, or molecular evolution and with molecular data
- Experience with programing language such as Perl or Python
- Experience with analysis of NGS sequence data


To apply, please submit: a cover letter describing research interests, career goals, and experience related to, or interest in, a current CV; unofficial academic transcript; and, the name and full contact information for three references to Dr. Philip Lavretsky ( Review of applications will begin November 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Posted 9/17/20

Masters Assistantship Examining Perspectives on Forest Adaptation and Restoration Strategies at the University of Vermont

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a MS-level graduate student to participate in research examining forest stakeholder perspectives on restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will use survey analysis and focus group data to assess perspectives on ecological change and adaptive management in both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, the University of Maine, the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in assessing likely adoption of management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests considering the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2021 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: B.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and research capabilities, and a record of leadership.

Application: 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, 2021 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact: Dr. Anthony D’Amato (, 802-656-8030)

Anthony D'Amato
Professor and Director
Forestry Program
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
204E Aiken Center
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-8030
FAX:   (802) 656-8683

Posted 9/16/20

PhD Research Assistantship on Human-Wildlife Coexistence (University of Michigan)

The Conservation and Coexistence research group in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is currently seeking PhD students to begin in Fall 2021.

Research in the Conservation and Coexistence Group:
We are interested in investigating how social and environmental factors, and their interactions, influence the capacity for people and wildlife to coexist in an ever-changing world. Current research areas focus on interdisciplinary approaches to endangered species conservation, spatial ecology for conservation decision making, understanding co-benefits in human-wildlife systems, quantifying the benefits of predators and scavengers to human societies, and inferring networks of illicit wildlife trade. We use a wide range of methods and tools to examine these research areas, including field monitoring, social surveys, remote sensing, GIS, and spatial and simulation modeling. Through interdisciplinary research and course work, students in our group build a formidable toolkit to tackle wildlife conservation challenges through either an academic or non-academic career path. Please feel free to visit our group's website (

Potential Research Areas for PhD Students:
1. PhD students can participate in any of the abovementioned research areas but shape their research to fit their interests and professional goals. Potential research topics, for example, could focus on investigating: mutual adaptations between humans and wildlife along the urban-wildland interface; ecosystem services and disservices from wildlife; changes to human-wildlife dynamics caused by economic development, climate change, and/or land-use change; barriers to wildlife recovery caused by contentious social and policy discourses; and statistical approaches for integrating human social factors into wildlife population and habitat models.

2. Research on a new project on tiger ecology in Nepal. Tigers are globally endangered and threatened by expanding transportation networks throughout their range. New roads and railways can have devastating consequences on the gradually recovering population of Bengal tigers in the Nepal Terai Arc Landscape. The goal of this project is to develop new and detailed knowledge of tiger movement, space use, and behavior in response to road infrastructure in order to develop effective road mitigation strategies. The PhD student can engage with this project in a number of ways, including: 1) collecting field data on tiger behavior, hunting, and movement along major roads that are near or within protected areas in the Terai; 2) evaluating the effects of major roads on tiger energy expenditure, interactions with humans, and habitat connectivity; 3) incorporating the socio-economic impacts of new road development projects into cost-benefit analyses; and 4) developing computer models to forecast effects of new infrastructure on tiger conservation and human wellbeing. In addition, the PhD student will work closely with government and non-government agencies in Nepal to integrate insights from their work into conservation plans.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, or related field.
• Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency using R and ArcGIS, or other statistical and GIS software.

Desired Qualifications:
• Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, or related field.
• Experience modeling wildlife behavior, movement, and habitat.
• Experience collecting, compiling, and analyzing large datasets.
• Demonstrated research success through peer reviewed publications.
• Experience working in collaborative teams.
• Proficiency with Nepali language (specifically for tiger research project in Nepal).

The SEAS PhD Program:
The School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan guarantees each PhD student is supported for five academic years, including stipend, tuition/mandatory fees waiver, and a generous benefits package. SEAS provides up to two years of fellowship support typically during the first two years of the program. The PhD's mentor is responsible for providing support for three years of support (through teaching or research assistantships, and/or assisting the student in obtaining external fellowships). This is typically during the third, fourth, and fifth years of the program. In addition, there are opportunities for funded graduate field trips, research funds, and yearly conference travel support. Graduates go on to successful careers in academia, governmental research, or private industries.

How to Apply:
Information about the application process to SEAS can be found here: The deadline for Fall 2021 is December 15, 2020. Prior to submitting an application to SEAS, please send an email to Dr. Neil Carter at and state why you are interested in working in the group, your research interests and goals, and other relevant background information.

Posted 9/15/20


The Allen Lab at the University of Oklahoma ( is recruiting graduate students in the lab to start in Fall 2021! Funding is available for two positions focused on the community and food web ecology of benthic macroinvertebrates in non-perennial streams.

One position will be with the Aquatic Intermittency effects on Microbiomes in Streams (AIMS), a collaborative EPSCoR project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project's aim is to quantify and predict how drying in stream networks impacts downstream water quality in order to better inform policy and management in Mountain West, Great Plains, and Southeastern Forest ecosystems. This graduate position is one of 11 AIMS graduate positions across seven different institutions. All AIMS graduate students will take a cross-institutional Team Science and Collaboration course in their first year, receive support for instructor training through The Carpentries Foundation, have opportunities to mentor undergraduate research projects, and will work with an amazing team of scientists from University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Idaho State University, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and Haskell Indian Nations University. The University of Oklahoma research team will focus on stream benthic invertebrates as bioindicators of water quality using DNA metabarcoding methods, and you can read more about the graduate student positions involved in the project here.

The other position will be associated StreamCLIMES, a research project funded by the National Science Foundation that seeks to understand how drying affects stream ecosystems in different climates. This research project integrates field-based stream ecology and hydrology, hydrologic modeling, and spatial ecological modeling. It includes collaborators from the University of California Berkeley, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Virginia Tech. The StreamCLIMES student will work primarily on the empirical component of the project at field sites in Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. We are looking for a student who is interested in field research, benthic macroinvertebrates, stable isotopes, and food webs in non-perennial streams in the Great Plains.

Finally, students in both positions will have opportunities to participate in and collaborate with the Dry Rivers Research Coordination Network. The Dry Rivers RCN is a network of over 40 ecologists and hydrologists who study non-perennial streams, a diverse group of scientists based in the US, Europe, and Australia. The Dry Rivers RCN will be organizing and hosting a series of in-person workshops in 2021 and beyond, once it is safe enough to travel and gather in large groups again.

Both of the positions will be funded by a combination of research and teaching assistantships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and health insurance, and funding is available for regular travel to scientific conferences. Students from underrepresented groups may be eligible for a Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship through the University of Oklahoma Graduate College (, a program which we have had previous success recruiting students into. The student's home department would be the Department of Biology (

If you are interested, contact Dr. Daniel Allen (  ) via an email that includes your CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3-5 references. GRE scores will not be required as part of the application process for this position. Review of candidates will begin on November 1, 2020 to identify top applicants, though inquiries beyond this date will continue to be reviewed. Prospective students will be required to apply through the OU Graduate College with applications due December 1, 2020. More information on the application process into the Biology Graduate Program can be found here:

Posted 9/15/20


The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master's level graduate students for Fall 2021.

The department has a long and distinguished history, being one of the first of its kind in the US. It currently has a productive and diverse faculty working on a broad array of questions involving humans and primates, 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. Being within a train ride to New York City, Stony Brook is a diverse campus, and we are implementing programs to build an even more diverse program in the future.

Upon admission, PhD students are guaranteed teaching assistantships, with additional support available through fellowships and research assistantships, as they become available. The deadlines for applications are Dec. 1, 2020 for the PhD program. The preferred deadline for the MA program is January 15, 2021, but applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2021. GREs are not required for applications to Stony Brook University as of this year. Application fees may be forgiven for applicants that meet specific guidelines. Please contact us for more information.

Below is a listing of current local program faculty to whom questions can be directed. It is highly recommended that PhD applicants contact faculty and identify potential advisors before submitting an application. Faculty are more than willing to entertain questions about the program generally and about their own labs and research. Not all will be taking students, but they will all gladly discuss what the program and the locale. For questions or assistance with the application process please e-mail our Graduate Program Coordinator, Melissa Cohen More information can be found at


H. Resit Akcakaya - Population and conservation ecology

Stephen B. Baines - Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

Rafael D'Andrea - Community and Theoretical Ecology

Liliana M. Dávalos - Vertebrate phylogenetics, biogeography and conservation

Walter F. Eanes - Evolutionary genetics of Drosophila

Jessica Gurevitch - Research synthesis, plant population and invasion ecology

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

Tara M. Smiley - Paleoecology and biogeography

Pascal Title - macroevolution and spatial macroecology

Robert W. Thacker- Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology

John R. True - Evolutionary developmental biology

Krishna M. Veeramah - Primate comparative genomics

Natasha Vitek-Vertebrate paleontology, evolution, scaling of variation


Jackie Collier - Microbial ecology

Christopher Gobler - Coastal Ecology and Conservation

Andreas Koenig - Behavioral ecology of primates

David Q. Matus - Evolution of Cell Invasion

Catherine Markham - Behavioral ecology

Bradley Petersen - Marine Community 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

Posted 9/15/20

Graduate Position: UNCW Vertebrate Neuroecology

The Schweikert Lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is recruiting a graduate student to join the 'Evolutionary Neuroecology' group in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology (BMB) in the Fall of 2021. The available position is for the Master's program, with possible advancement to PhD. The lab primarily studies the neuroecology of marine vertebrate vision, centering on topics that include the sensory basis of dynamic skin color change, deep-sea bioluminescence, and the visual ecology of gamefish and whales. Project selection is flexible, as the student will be encouraged to develop an independent research idea that aligns with lab interests.

Students can learn more about the lab research program here:

Research in the Schweikert Lab is integrative, and students with interest in developing molecular, histological, and computational skills are encouraged to apply. The early application deadline is Feb 15th 2021, with the application period extending to June 30th 2021. Prior to applying, interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Lorian Schweikert directly. Please send an email to containing (1) a detailed curriculum vitae that includes your GPA and GRE scores (if available) and (2) a letter of interest outlining your rationale for pursuing a graduate degree, your career goals, and your motivation for applying to the Evolutionary Neuroecology lab.

Lorian Schweikert
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Posted 9/14/20

Graduate Positions at Northern Illinois University

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs starting Fall 2021.

Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, plant phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, and microbial ecology.

EEBC faculty that are taking graduate students for Fall 2021 are:

-Neil W. Blackstone, ecophysiology of corals and their relatives, evolutionary conflict and conflict mediation:
-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology (only accepting 1 PhD student):
-Bethia H. King, entomology (basic biology, especially behavior, and applied), behavioral ecology:
-Jennifer A.H. Koop (only accepting Ph.D. students), ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions; invasion biology :
-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and paleobiogeography:
-Wesley D. Swingley, environmental microbiology, extreme ecosystems, and astrobiology:

Details of the graduate program and application process are available at

The department offers teaching assistantships including stipend and tuition waiver, on a competitive basis. The deadline for application materials is January 1, 2021. However, prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications.

Northern Illinois University is a 17,000-student research university situated an hour from downtown Chicago in DeKalb, Illinois, a diverse community of 50,000 with a low cost of living. Regional research resources include The Field Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Nachusa Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, the NIU Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.

Posted 9/11/20

MS and PhD: Plant trait variation and tropical plant-insect interactions

We are recruiting:

--one PhD student interested in studying plant trait variation across spatiotemporal scales using publicly available data (NEON, FIA, LTER, etc.) and field-collected data and

--one MS student interested in modeling plant-insect interactions of the flora and fauna of Puerto Rico using lab-collected data (an entirely data-driven project)

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions is encouraged and financially supported.

Funding is available for travel, field supplies, summer research stipends, and research and teaching assistantships during the academic year.

Visit our website ( for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy.

We value grit and creativity over past accomplishments. I strongly encourage underrepresented minorities to contact me. Because we collaborate with international partners, familiarity with Spanish (or willingness to learn) is a strength, but not a requirement.

The Biodiversity Research Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is urban, creative, diverse. Our campus is located across the street from the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History and Conservation International. Richmond is rated as a top place to live and is known for its history, local food scene, booming job market, vibrant start-up scene, and is an outdoor destination for hiking, cycling, kayaking, and more.

Students should apply to the PhD Program in Integrative Life Sciences by 10 January.

Students interested in the Master's program in Biology should apply by 15 January.

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof ( with a CV and description of research interests to discuss the position before applying.

Posted 9/10/20

M.S. positions available in remote sensing and fire ecology (Sonoma State University)

Two M.S. positions available in the Bentley Lab at Sonoma State University starting in Spring 2021 (applications due Oct 31, 2020) or Fall 2021 (applications due Dec 15, 2020).

Students will work on grant-funded projects related to remote sensing (terrestrial laser scanning and drones) of forests in Northern CA to investigate effects of forest management and wildfire on forest structure, carbon accounting and modeling of future wildfire risk.

Those who are interested should email Dr. Bentley ( with a CV and description of: 1) research interests, 2) experience with field work and 3) skills related to spatial data processing, modeling, or coding (e.g., ArcGIS, R, python, Pix4D, etc) to discuss the position before applying.

Posted 9/10/20

Graduate Assistantship in Stream Biofilm Ecology

The Costello Biogeochemistry Lab at Kent State University ( is recruiting at least 1 PhD student in Fall 2021 to study nutrient and trace metal limitation of stream biofilms. Three years of NSF-funded CAREER grant support is available with additional support for at least 1 additional year through the Department of Biological Sciences as a TA (12 month support). The PhD student will join a vibrant community of aquatic researchers at KSU and work with a team of collaborators at institutions within the Great Lakes region.

This NSF-funded project will explore the prevalence, cause, and consequence of trace metal-nutrient co-limitation of algal biofilms in streams throughout the Great Lakes region. The project uses a combination of field sampling and experimentation from the patch to whole-stream scale to explore micronutrients as drivers of algal metabolism and growth. Ample flexibility will provide a PhD student freedom to develop independent research projects.

I encourage applicants from historically excluded and underrepresented groups in science as well as scientists with interests in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in aquatic sciences. The project also includes opportunities to engage first-generation and low-income undergraduate and high school students through the KSU Upward Bound program.

Prior undergraduate and/or masters level independent research experience is required and experience with ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry is preferred. If interested in this position, please contact David Costello directly ( and provide a CV or 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 2021 is Dec. 15 (Dec. 5 for international students).

Posted 9/9/20

Graduate Student Positions (MSc, PhD) in Marine Habitat Mapping and Species Distribution Modeling

The 4D OCEANS Lab at the Marine Institute of Memorial University, St John’s, NL, Canada, is looking to recruit two graduate students (1 MSc, 1 PhD) with interest in marine habitat mapping and/or species distribution modelling.  These positions will examine the role that benthic habitats play in controlling shifting patterns in species and biodiversity at fine (MSc) and broad (PhD) spatial scales in the North West Atlantic and/or Canadian Arctic Gateway.  Geomorphological terrain variables derived from seafloor bathymetric data sets can be highly valuable as proxy for environmental drivers of species and habitat distributions.  By including additional environmental variables such as those derived from oceanographic models, species-environment relationships can be modelled and it becomes possible to predict how marine species and ecosystems may respond to specific changes (e.g., climate change, ocean acidification, human activities).

Required skills include a quantitative background in marine ecology or biology, and familiarity with a programming language (e.g., R).  Previous experience acquiring or processing acoustic or video data will be considered a strong asset.

 For more information, please Katleen Robert ( with a CV and a cover letter stating your main research interests.

Closing date: January 15, 2021
Prospective start date: May 2021
Please visit:

Posted 9/3/20

Ph.D./M.S. research assistantships - Auburn University (AL) - applied aquatic ecology

Ph.D. and M.S. research assistantships: Applied Aquatic Ecology
Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, Alabama, USA

Description: Three graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in applied aquatic ecology and limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab at Auburn University (  Current lab research projects, including USDA ARS and NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grants, take advantage of our field station that includes hundreds of aquaculture ponds and nearby recreational and drinking water reservoirs.  Here, we pursue basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities.  Harmful algal blooms are the foci for many of our projects.  My students are welcome to participate on existing projects, which include large-scale field experiments and monitoring, lab-based analytical analyses, modeling, and meta-analysis, but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships.  There are abundant opportunities to work directly with important stakeholders, such as aquaculture farmers, water utilities, and natural resource managers.

I am motivated to maintain a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab and encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining us.  Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their research and outreach projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM).

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, highly motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater plankton communities.  Prior coursework in ecology, limnology, and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, GC-FID, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable, but not required.  Minimum qualifications include a B.S./B.A. (for M.S. position) or M.S. (for Ph.D. position) in Biology, Ecology, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).

Support: Competitive graduate research assistantships include 12-month stipend and full tuition waivers.  Highly qualified PhD candidates will be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which can last 3 years and include an annual stipend of $30,000 (

Start date: Flexible but a mid-2021 arrival would be ideal considering current projects.

How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson ( describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 December 2020 for full consideration.  In addition, please include your CV, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references.

Alan Wilson - Auburn University
Assistant Director for Instruction
Professor & Graduate Program Officer
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences

Posted 9/3/20

PhD opportunities in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University ( ) through a collaborative NSF grant ( More information is available at

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.

The PhD program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of support for graduate students. Through working with faculty advisors, graduate students in Environmental Studies have been very successful in obtaining external funding. UC Santa Cruz ranks among the top universities ( in terms of research influence ( and research quality ( worldwide, and it is within a half-hour drive of the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Amy Profitt (envsgpc at ucsc dot edu), the department website (, and the Graduate School website (

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline December 10 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).

Posted 9/2/20

Ph.D. student in Conservation Science; Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology; University of California, Davis

We are seeking Ph.D. students interested in conservation biology and/or agro-ecology to join the Karp Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The Karp lab ( has a diversity of ongoing projects focused on (1) understanding patterns of bird biodiversity across climate and land-use gradients, (2) quantifying impacts of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-driven ecosystem services and disservices, and (3) identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform development of multi-functional landscapes.

Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV and a brief (<1 page) cover letter describing your research interests to Daniel Karp ( Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis's Graduate Group in Ecology (, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2020. Underrepresented minorities, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of California, Davis is a Research I public university located in the Central Valley of California. Local ecological research activities are possible in the diverse farmland, forests, wetlands, and grasslands that typify the area. Easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the coast provides for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

Posted 9/1/20

PhD Research Assistantship - SUNY ESF - Migration Ecology

Fully-funded Research Assistantship - January 2021

Incorporating migration ecology, climate science, and human dimensions research into conservation planning for waterfowl and recreationists

PhD in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, Conservation Biology, or Applied Ecology Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Start Date: January 2021, open until filled. Application due by 1 November 2020.

Description and requirements: We seek a highly-motivated and experienced individual to enroll in ESF's doctoral program to build upon our prior research focused on migration modeling and predicted changes in distributions of waterfowl during the non-breeding season. In partnership with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, the selected individual will analyze 60-years of bi-weekly waterfowl survey and hunter activity data to develop migration models for use in conservation and recreation planning. We also will incorporate additional waterfowl and recreationist (i.e., hunters and birders) datasets from throughout North America, including use of citizen science data on waterfowl abundance and birding activity (use of eBird data and collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology expected) to investigate relationships between recreational activity and changes in waterfowl distributions and abundances. The project includes 3 aims 1) development of weather-based migration models for waterfowl, 2) estimating past and future changes in migration timing using climate change models, and 3) determining impacts to recreational activity. The project unique provides opportunities to collaborate with a diversity of state and federal wildlife biologists, climate-modelers, human dimensions experts, and waterfowl and wetlands conservation stakeholders. Strong data management skills and organization of large datasets required.

Compensation: The Research Assistantship is $28,500 per year for 4-years, with full tuition waiver plus medical insurance.

Program Requirements: Competitive applicants typically have a GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile; prior publications or manuscripts in review, and experience with birds and bird migration preferred.

Applying: Email a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. Michael Schummer ( After an interview, the successful applicant will be encouraged to apply to the Graduate School at SUNY ESF. GRE scores may be waived if they were not taken prior to COVID pandemic events.

Location: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse, New York. SUNY ESF is home to the fourth largest undergraduate and graduate education program in wildlife science, conservation biology, and aquatic and fisheries science in the United States; it is by far the largest such program in the northeastern region. SUNY ESF is located in central New York with abundant outdoor and cultural opportunities with the Finger Lakes wine region, many state properties and national wildlife refuges, Lake Ontario, the 6.1 million-acre Adirondack Park, High Peaks Region, Lake Placid Olympic Village, and New York City nearby. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex, the first Important Bird Area designated in New York, is less than an hour drive from campus. With its diverse lakes and wetlands, myriad breeding, migrating, and wintering birds, and a landscape rich in human history, the region provides an ideal place for study of wetland-wildlife. In collaboration with a diversity of conservation stakeholders throughout North America, we meet the challenges of a changing world.

Posted 8/28/20

Two grad positions at Idaho State University Urban Stream DOC

PhD and DA positions open to start Summer 2021: spatial and temporal patterns of dissolved organic carbon in urban streams

I have two graduate positions available on an NSF-funded collaborative project on urban aquatic DOC. Students will be part of a team working in 5 urban areas across the US to understand human and biophysical drivers of DOC dynamics over space and time. The PhD and DA students will be part of a team collecting data in Salt Lake City, UT. Research will include field sampling, high-frequency sensors, lab experiments and analysis. Students will learn a variety of spatial and time-series analysis tools and have the opportunity to lead analysis and writing and collaborate as part of a larger team on comparative papers.

Funding: Funding for the PhD student is a mix of research and teaching assistantships, with summer funding. Funding for the DA student is as a fellowship with additional summer funding. The DA program is a unique program for students who are interested in a teaching-focused career. It is a highly flexible program that includes pedagogical training, teaching internships, as well as disciplinary research and a dissertation. I'd be excited to collaborate with a student in this program to develop curricular or outreach materials related to this research.

Preferences and Requirements: The DA applicants should have a master's degree. PhD applications with a master's degree will be given preference. I will also consider applications for MS students for this project. See for more information about our degree programs and requirements.**Note that while the Biology Dept does require the GRE, I do not consider these scores in choosing prospective students. If your scores are not above the minimum application requirements, don't let that stop you from applying!

If interested, please send a letter with your research interests, experiences, and career goals, and a CV to Dr. Rebecca Hale at by Oct 31st.

Posted 8/26/20

PhD position in agroecology at Dartmouth

The Agroecology lab at Dartmouth College is offering a Ph.D. graduate fellowship to begin summer 2021 in Dartmouth’s Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES). The successful applicant will have the opportunity to design and conduct research on the Dartmouth Organic Farm, which borders the Connecticut River and Dartmouth-owned forest, including active maple-sugar bush or on Chinatown urban food supply networks on the east coast.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, critical transition theory, complex hysteretic patterns and land-use change dynamics. Requirements include ability to conceive and conduct original research within the umbrella of a larger project; a background in theory and quantitative analysis; and enthusiasm for collaborative and interdisciplinary agroecology research.

The EEES Graduate Program is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, support for graduate students (5 years guaranteed) and success of alumni. To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Theresa Ong ( as soon as possible. Applications should be completed by December 1, 2020 using the online application portal, but applicants are encouraged to reach out to the PI well before this deadline. International applicants are welcome. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a McCulloch Fellowship <> with a stipend of $34,000 and a research budget of $5,000 in year one.

Posted 8/20/20

UofL Department of Biology PhD program - seeking applicants

The Department of Biology at the University of Louisville, KY (UofL) is seeking applicants to our Ph.D. graduate program starting fall 2021. Multiple TA positions and fellowships are available, which provide a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Admission requirements, graduate program application materials, and other information is available here: The application deadline for Fall admission is 15 January 2021 for students seeking financial support. NOTE THAT FOR 2021, WE ARE WAIVING THE GRE REQUIREMENT DUE TO COVID-19, AND SUBMISSION OF GRE SCORES IS OPTIONAL.

UofL Biology faculty research interests broadly include conservation, urban ecology, evolution, ecosystem ecology, animal behavior, tropical ecology, plant biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology. Please see our website for more information about faculty interests and graduate programs: Interested students are encouraged to contact individual Biology faculty before applying. Faculty who anticipate accepting graduate students for Fall 2021 admission include:

Jim Alexander - Population ecology and physiological ecology of aquatic invertebrates
Natalie Christian - Fungal community ecology, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)
Cindy Corbitt - Behavioral neuroendocrinology, environmental signaling
Lee Dugatkin - Behavioral and evolutionary ecology; evolution of cooperative and altruistic
Perri Eason - Behavioral ecology and conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates and insects.
Sarah Emery - plant population and community ecology, soil ecology, restoration ecology
Paul Ewald - Evolutionary ecology of parasitism; evolutionary medicine
Linda Fuselier - Postsecondary biology education
Damian Guerra - molecular physiology; stress and origins of disease
Paul Himes - Microbiology, molecular genetics
Dae-Sung Hwangbo - Molecular genetics of circadian rhythms, aging, and cell death
Alycia Lackey - population ecology and evolution; behavioral and physiological ecology
Andrew Mehring - Ecosystem and urban ecology, limnology/aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry
Michael Menze - Molecular physiology; mitochondrial bioenergetics; cryobiology
Michael Perlin - Molecular genetics; structure and function of the gene; fungal phytopathogens
Rachel Pigg - Wildlife ecology and management; discipline-based education research
Mark Running - Plant genetics and development; drought tolerance; biofuels
David Schultz - Molecular genetics, biotechnology, and biochemistry
Joe Steffen - Cellular and molecular physiology; environmental physiology
Micah Worley- Microbiology of intracellular pathogens
Steve Yanoviak - behavior and ecology of tropical arthropods; ecological effects of lightning
Debbie Yoder-Himes - Microbiology and molecular genetics; Bacterial pathogenesis

The University of Louisville is a metropolitan campus of ca. 23,000 students located a few minutes from downtown. Louisville (pop. 600,000) is a cosmopolitan city offering diverse dining, cultural, and entertainment opportunities and a low cost-of-living ( Louisville's location provides easy access to research and outdoor recreational opportunities on the Ohio River and surrounding forests, as well as to local government agencies, NGO's, and medical centers. Several faculty in biology maintain collaborations, committee appointments and adjunct positions at other universities in the state and at the University of Louisville Medical Center downtown.

You can find more information about the position on our website. Thanks!

Posted 8/20/20

Graduate Research Assistantship

A Graduate Research Assistantship in algal biology is available under the advisement of Dr. Alina Corcoran in the Molecular Biology Program at New Mexico State University. The successful applicant will work on algal biology and ecology projects, with opportunities to (1) study field-reared cultures of the microalga Nannochloropsis and (2) work with industrial partners. The student will obtain their Ph.D. degree through the Molecular Biology Program, an interdisciplinary degree program. Information on the program can be found here: The position is available as early as Spring 2021.

 The minimum qualifications for the position include:

(1) a B.S. or M.S. in biology, marine science, microbiology or related field;
(2) basic knowledge of algal or plant biology, molecular biology, and microbiology;
(3) a minimum GPA of 3.25;
(4) laboratory experience (experience with algal cultures is a plus).

 Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores in a single PDF file to Dr. Corcoran at  If there is a good fit, applicants will be required to apply to the Molecular Biology Program by October 15th for admission in the Spring 2021 and by December 15th for admission in the Fall 2021.

Posted 8/19/20

Ph.D. position in seagrass biodiversity at Univ. of Virginia / VCR LTER

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one Ph.D. student to study the patterns and drivers of seagrass biodiversity at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research project (VCR LTER; The Virginia Coast Reserve is home to the world's largest successful seagrass restoration, which has been studied for over two decades by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at UVA and beyond ( The student will undertake new field studies and analyze existing long-term data to understand spatial and temporal patterns in the biodiversity of seagrass-associated invertebrates and fishes. The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani ( and join UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences (

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have strong interests in community ecology and marine ecology; experience in field ecology (especially in marine or aquatic ecosystems); and demonstrated quantitative skills, such as data analysis or scientific programming (or strong motivation to acquire such skills).

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani ( (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2-3 references; and (4) a writing sample, if available.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 for enrollment in Fall 2021, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

Posted 8/19/20

Ph.D. position in ecological synchrony of kelp forests at Univ. of Virginia / SBC LTER

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one Ph.D. student to study ecological synchrony in giant kelp forests across California and Baja California, Mexico. The student will investigate the patterns, causes, and consequences of synchrony in kelp populations and associated reef communities using numerous long-term, large-scale datasets. The student will join an interdisciplinary team of PIs, postdocs, and graduate students at UVA, the University of Kansas, and UC Santa Barbara associated with a newly-funded NSF project ( The student will also be part of the collaborative Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program (SBC LTER; The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani ( and join UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences (

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, applied statistics, computer science, mathematics, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have interests in population or community ecology and strong quantitative skills, such as data analysis, ecological modeling, or scientific programming.

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani ( (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2-3 references; and (4) a writing sample, if available.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 for enrollment in Fall 2021, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

Posted 8/19/20

U Tennessee: PhD and Masters opportunities in Conservation Science

University of Tennessee: We continue to expand our cross-campus activities in Conservation Science. We are looking to recruit excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this expansion. At this time, we seek excellent students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study through our Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our recruitment process is highly competitive and successful applicants will receive tuition, health care, and a stipend from guaranteed TA line support. Details: Applications are due 1st December 2020 for enrollment in August 2021, but applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective advisers now. For information about other graduate opportunities in EEB, see

Posted 8/15/20

PhD position in Behavioral Ecology

I am looking for a PhD student to join our research team (Dr. Vladimir Pravosudov, Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology Lab, University of Nevada Reno) to work with our long-term mountain chickadee field system in beautiful Sierra Nevada starting Fall 2021. Applications to our EECB graduate program are due November 2020 (

Please see the lab website ( for more information about the lab and our recent publications. If interested, please email me directly ( and include your CV and a statement of research experience.

Posted 8/6/20

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