The Howeth Lab of Ecology and Conservation (http://howethlab.ua.edu/) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a Ph.D. student in aquatic community and ecosystem ecology beginning Spring (January), Summer (May), or Fall (August) 2018.
Research will address the role of succession in metacommunity and food web structure using replicate successional mosaics of beaver-formed ponds. Projects will focus on fish and/or invertebrate (e.g., odonates, zooplankton) community composition and ecosystem properties among ponds in different stages of succession and located in multiple watersheds. This work will utilize field-based approaches in the streams and beaver ponds of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, including the NSF NEON Domain 8 core site. The project can additionally involve dendrochronology, GIS/remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, stable isotope analyses, DNA barcoding, and experiments at the UA Tanglewood Biological Station.
Additional information is available from the following webpages:
Directly related research: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1871/full
Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program: https://bsc.ua.edu/degree-programs/graduate-program-overview/
University of Alabama: www.ua.edu
Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in Biology and Ecology or related fields. Applicants must be highly motivated and have the ability to: 1) interact and collaborate with a research group that includes graduate and undergraduate researchers; 2) conduct research outdoors in variable climatic conditions and 3) drive University trucks (valid driver’s license and background check required).
Students will be funded on a combination of teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive 12 month stipend, health insurance, and a tuition waiver. Highly competitive applicants can be considered for university and departmental fellowships that offer Graduate Research Assistantships.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following attached documents and "Graduate Assistantship" in the title:
(1) cover letter that includes a statement of research interests, research experience, and career goals
(3) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript)
(4) GRE scores, if available
(5) unofficial copies of academic transcripts
(6) contact information for three references in biology/ecology