[ES_JOBS_NET] Ph.D/M.S. positions available in Global Change Ecology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Sep 4 10:24:41 MDT 2014

Subject: Ph.D/M.S. positions available in Global Change Ecology

Please distribute:
Ph.D. and M.S. positions in Global Change Ecology at the University
of Connecticut
Adviser: Morgan W. Tingley

The Tingley Lab in Global Change Ecology in the Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut seeks
creative and motivated PhD and MS students to join the lab in the
Summer/Fall of 2015. Our research utilizes field data and
biodiversity data to explore how large-scale anthropogenic drivers of
change (e.g., climate change, invasive species, land-use change, fire
regimes) affect geographic distributions and community interactions
over short to long timespans, from years to centuries. Most of our
research explores these topics using birds as the primary study organism.

Potential research topics include (but are not limited to) 1)
distributional ecology and the mechanisms that define range limits;
2) the impact of climate change and other emerging threats on
wildlife; 3) the ecology and life histories of threatened birds; 4)
the challenge of conserving biodiversity in an increasingly modified
world and/or; 5) using historical field data to understand processes
of change. Research projects will have opportunities to draw from
extensive existing databases as well as collect new field data at
current field sites in eastern and western U.S. mountain ranges.
Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and
strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in ornithology,
modeling, and statistics are desired.

**Application process**
Interested and qualified candidates should read through the lab's
Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.morgantingley.com/home/join/)
and send an email describing their motivation and research interests
along with, at minimum, a CV, GPA, and GRE scores to
<mailto:morgan.tingley at uconn.edu>morgan.tingley at uconn.edu. Strong
applicants will be contacted for scheduling an informal interview in
person or over the phone. Applications to UConn are due December
15th. Financial support for Ph.D. and M.S. students is available from
research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university
fellowships, but applications to outside funding sources are strongly

*About the University of Connecticut*
The University of Connecticut (UConn) has been one of the nation's
leading public institutions since its founding in 1881. Located in
Storrs, UConn's main campus is situated in the picturesque rolling
forests and fields quintessential of New England, yet is only 30
minutes from Hartford, and has close connections to Providence,
Boston and New York. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology consists of over 30 faculty and 60 graduate students with
research spanning nearly all major groups of organisms. The
Department maintains close ties with the Departments of Physiology
and Neurobiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Marine Sciences, and
Natural Resources Management and Engineering, as well as the Center
for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, which together comprise
one of the largest groups of biologists in the Northeast.

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