PhD Assistantship – Community Ecology – University of Florida

The Baiser lab of community ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida (http://www.baiserlab.com/) is now accepting applications for a PhD Graduate Assistantship position for a newly funded project, NSF Macrosystems Biology: Local- to continental-scale drivers of biodiversity in NEON.

Project description: The project will explore diversity in mammal, fish, and beetle communities across North America by connecting fine-grained measurements of individual organism traits, like body size, to cross-scale drivers of biodiversity from plot to continental scales. The graduate position involves collecting and analyzing community and trait data. This project is in collaboration with co-PIs: Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr College), Phoebe Zarnetske (Michigan State University), and Angela Strecker (Western Washington University)

Position details: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, Gator Grad Care health insurance, and a yearly stipend for up to five years. The position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL.  Ideal start date is between January 1st and August 17th, 2020.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will ideally have a strong undergraduate research background and/or an MS in ecology, biology, or a closely related field. Qualified applicants will also have a strong quantitative background with experience using the programming language R.

******************The application deadline is November 1, 2019******************


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “PhD Position” to bbaiser@ufl.edu:

– One-page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals

– CV

– Transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education

– Contact information for three academic references

Publications related to the project:

Read, Q. D., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., Baiser, B., Belmaker, J., … & Thibault, K. M. (2018). Amongspecies overlap in rodent body size distributions predicts species richness along a temperature gradient. Ecography, 41(10), 1718-1727.

Read, Q. D., Baiser, B., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., & Belmaker, J. (2018). Tropical bird species have less variable body sizes. Biology letters, 14(1), 20170453.