Faculty studying Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech are seeking graduate students for fall 2018. As a collaborative group of faculty and students we offer training in interdisciplinary research and prioritize mentorship. We value diversity and seek to support students from all backgrounds.
Our students take advantage of many resources at Virginia Tech, including the Genomics Sequencing Center (https://www.bi.vt.edu/services/genomics-sequencing-center), the Fralin Life Science Institute (https://fralin.vt.edu/), and the Global Change Center (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/).
Although students are encouraged to pursue extramural funding opportunities, accepted Ph.D. students are guaranteed 5 years of funding (including summers) through a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships. Our students have received fellowships through the Interfaces of Global Change program (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/), Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science program (http://www.ictas.vt.edu/education/docScholars.php), and NIH funded IMSD program (https://imsd.apsc.vt.edu/).
The following faculty members are currently recruiting graduate students:
Frank Aylward: microbial ecology, bioinformatics, and genomic sciences http://www.aylwardlab.com
Lisa Belden: community ecology, disease and the microbiome http://www.belden.biol.vt.edu
Dana Hawley: wildlife disease ecology https://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/hawley/
Erin Hotchkiss: freshwater ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry https://sites.google.com/site/ehotchkiss/
Kate Langwig: disease ecology and evolution, conservation and disease https://scholar.harvard.edu/klangwig/home
Joel McGlothlin: evolutionary genetics and evolutionary ecology http://www.mcglothlin.biol.vt.edu
Meryl Mims: population, community, and conservation ecology of freshwater systems http://www.mimslab.org
Ignacio Moore: behavioral endocrinology and physiological ecology http://www.moore.biol.vt.edu
Martha Muñoz: macroevolutionary physiology, morphology, and biomechanics http://www.marthamunoz.com
Erik Nilsen: plant physiological ecology https://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/nilsen
John Phillips: neuroethology, sensory basis of behavior https://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/phillips/
Kendra Sewall: environmental impacts on the brain and behavior http://kbsewall.weebly.com/
Josef Uyeda: phylogenetics and macroevolution http://www.uyedalab.com
Susan Whitehead: plant-animal interactions and chemical ecology http://www.speciesinteractions.com
Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential mentors, directly, to learn more about the research opportunities in their labs. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program is December 1st, 2017, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. Information about applications can be found at: https://www.biol.vt.edu/Graduates.html
B.A. or B.S. in biology or a related field. Prior research experience is a plus.