University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Graduate research opportunities

EEB Graduate Student Opportunities in Research Labs - Fall, 2015

Please refer to the EEB graduate faculty website to learn more about the research of EEB graduate faculty.  Many of our faculty are looking for new students every year. Below is a list of faculty who are looking for students in specific areas with their personal statements. Funding is often available on their research projects.

In addition to the list below, please check the EEB graduate faculty directory for graduate advisors.

Emma Goldberg
Research in my lab uses theory to address a wide range of questions in macroevolution and evolutionary ecology, especially regarding biogeography and plant mating systems.  I am particularly interested in advising students who strive to think clearly about related topics by developing mathematical models, though complementary empirical work is also possible. I hope to recruit one student to join the lab in 2015. http://www.umn/edu/~eeg

George Heimpel
I am recruiting a student to work on the ecology of an invasive parasitic fly in the Galapagos Islands that is attacking Darwin’s finches.  Aspects of the project include invasion genetics, community ecology and conservation.  The project includes field work in the Galapagos and/or in mainland Ecuador; Spanish proficiency is preferred.  Other projects - involving host-parasitoid interactions and biological control -  may be available as well.

Suzanne McGaugh
My lab will have openings for one-two graduate students starting in Fall 2015. Major projects in the lab focus on understanding how gene-flow, recombination, selection, and drift have shaped the evolution of Mexican cavefish from surface fish. Other projects include investigating the drivers of recombination rate variation in a variety of taxa and comparative genomics in reptile populations. Most projects in the lab will have a computational component, though a significant amount of freedom will be allowed for pursuing individual projects and interests.

Craig Packer
I study the complex social structure and community ecology of African lions.   For 2015, I will be looking for a mathematically minded gradute student to explore the basis of lion sociality and predator-prey dynamics.