Graduate student positions in Community ecology, Fayetteville, AR

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Graduate assistantships are available for M.S. or Ph.D. positions in the Siepielski Lab https://asiepielski.wordpress.com in the Department of Biological Sciences and Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, AR (http://biology.uark.edu). Our lab focuses on questions at the intersection of community ecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include examining spatial variation in the mechanisms that maintain species diversity in aquatic food webs, the contribution of ongoing evolution in shaping the demographic processes regulating populations, and determining the major features characterizing natural selection in the wild. To explore these topics we use a combination of observational, experimental, meta-analytical, and theoretical approaches.

I am looking for students interested in developing their own project on themes broadly related to those listed above. Ideal applicants would have prior research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, previous coursework in statistics, and a genuine passion to conduct research. Depending on availability, students may be funded through a combination of research assistantships for upwards of four semesters, with the remainder of their degree being supported through a teaching assistantship. Graduate research fellowships are also a possibility for highly competitive candidates. Please see http://biology.uark.edu/1251.php for additional information on graduate funding opportunities.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, is a Tier I research university located in the Ozark Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UARK are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. We are located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR has more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville, located in northwest Arkansas, offers a high quality of living at a low cost, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking opportunities are in close proximity.

Prospective students should check out my website amsiepie). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, 2) whether you are interested in a M.S. or Ph.D., and 3) contact information for three references. In addition, please attach your CV. Please note that the deadline for Fall 2016 admission into our program is January 15, 2016. All materials should be submitted well before then.

Adam M. Siepielski

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville AR, 72701

Ph: 1-479-575-6357

Web: https://asiepielski.wordpress.com

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