I am seeking two graduate students (MSc or PhD) to start in Sept. 2022 or Jan. 2023.
I am open to applications from students interested in pursuing curiosity-driven, fundamental research in any area of population or community ecology. But I am most interested in applications relating to the following lines of ongoing research in my lab:
-Spatial synchrony of population cycles. Why do population cycles and spatial synchrony often (but not always!) seem to go hand-in-hand? This line of research involves experiments on predator-prey cycles in a laboratory-based microbial model system.
-Higher order interactions and species coexistence. Are communities more than just the sum of their parts, and if so, what implications does that have for species coexistence? This line of research involves experiments on predator-prey cycles in a laboratory-based microbial model system.
-Studying ecologists, not just ecology. Using a huge database of effect sizes from 466 ecological meta-analyses to quantify what ecologists know about ecology (all of ecology!), and how fast they're learning it.
For more details on my lab, the department, and the university, see the following links:
Fox lab website: https://foxlabcalgary.wordpress.com/
Dept. of Biological Sciences: https://science.ucalgary.ca/biological-sciences
University of Calgary: https://ucalgary.ca/
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary has a strong group of over a dozen ecologists and evolutionary biologists, with strength in depth in evolutionary ecology, population ecology, aquatic ecology, and other areas. The department has two field stations in the mountains, next-generation sequencing facilities, access to various high-performance computing clusters, and everything else you’d expect from a big, well-equipped research university.
Grad students in the department are guaranteed a minimum of $23,000/year through a mixture of TAships, RAships, and other funding sources. Calgary is a city of about 1.3 million people, 45 minutes drive from the Canadian Rockies with all the opportunities for field work and recreation that implies.
You do not have to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; all prospective students are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send me an email. Tell me a bit about your background, interests, and long-term goals, and about what specifically interests you about my lab and/or Calgary more broadly. Please include a CV, transcripts (unofficial is fine), and contact details for three references. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early to ensure full consideration.
Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or related field