PhD position in forest ecology/entomology/pathology in the Garnas lab

We are currently seeking a highly motivated PhD student to address basic and applied questions related to beech bark disease in eastern North America. A successful project will focus on eco-evolutionary feedbacks of relevance to the scale insects and multiple fungi associated with this disease, including those mediated via host tree response. Other elements of the project will be of the student’s own design. Student stipend will be available for up to 5 years including a 3-year research assistantship; some service as teaching assistant may be required.

To apply for the PhD position you must have a Masters degree in a related field or equivalent experience, or provide sufficient motivation for acceptance directly from an undergraduate program. Applicants must have a strong interest in field ecology and evolutionary biology, and in applying molecular and/or histological tools in natural (non-model) systems.

For an example of current work on this topic from our lab, please see: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/ffgc.2021.673099 (available soon; biorxiv preprint here: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.24.432696v1).

The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success.  Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes.  Only 30 minutes from the ocean and 90 minutes to the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus.

Interested applicants, please send (as a single pdf file) to jeff.garnas@unh.edu:

  • a CV
  • a brief statement of your motivation for pursuing a PhD in the field of ecology and evolution, including a summary of your specific research interests and any relevant experience
  • contact information for three references

The position is open until filled. Ideal start date is August 2021.