Ph.D. student in evolutionary biology; University of Florida

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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over 22K/year
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Do you find animal behavior fascinating? I am looking to recruit one Ph.D. student for Fall 2021 to work on the evolution of male-male competition and the form and function of sexually selected weapons. We study the evolutionary interplay of behavior and morphology, often focusing on sexual selection. The leaf-footed bugs, Family Coreidae, are excellent experimental subjects for student work. These insects wrestle with their hind legs over territories and have an amazing diversity of hind leg shapes. Ongoing projects in the lab include studies of trade-offs between weapons and testes; the effect of nutrition and social environments on weapon structure, testes size, and male fighting behavior; and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. We are currently reconstructing a phylogeny of the Coreidae to test hypotheses of weapon shape evolution. The successful applicant for this position will have previous research experience and coursework in the fields of ecology, evolution, and/or animal behavior. Funding would most likely come in the form of a UF Graduate Fellowship. To be competitive for this fellowship, an M.S. degree in a related field and/or substantial research experience is required. Prospective students are encouraged to email Dr. Christine W. Miller at on or before October 31st, though I will also attempt to consider later inquiries. Before sending an email, please first consult my laboratory’s website, to learn about some of the research priorities for the coming years. Your email should include 1) a statement of the kinds of research questions that you would like to pursue, 2) an explanation of how these fit in with current lab research, 3) a brief overview of your previous academic and research experiences, 4) a CV or resume, and 5) an unofficial transcript. Accepted students will be provided a tuition waiver and a competitive stipend. Diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. These are central in guiding how we come together as a research team, cultivate excellence, and go forth into the world to share our discoveries and our love of our work. If this all sounds good to you, then please inquire about joining the lab! Information about Gainesville, Florida: Situated in the rolling countryside of north-central Florida, Gainesville, is close to world-class fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, tubing, and kayaking. On land, those so inclined may enjoy birding, hiking, biking, and fishing. Home of the University of Florida, the seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, Gainesville 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.
M.S. degree in the biological sciences is preferred. If no M.S. degree, then extensive research experience in the fields of ecology, evolution, or behavior including some self-directed research. Peer-reviewed publication is a plus.
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Dr. Christine W. Miller
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