MS and PhD positions in USA

segnalato da Giovanni Sanesi

The professor Schulze from WSU Vancouver is looking for MS or PhD students to assist with ecological projects related to conservation of at-risk butterflies. 

See her website for overview about research approach, list of publications.

Washington State University Vancouver is a new campus in the WSU system located in Southwest Washington just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to Willamette Valley and South Puget Sound prairies.  Currently with ~3000 students, it is a new and rapidly growing campus in the WSU system.  Students benefit from outstanding faculty, world-class research, state-of-the-art facilities and small class sizes.Students will be involved in

1)  landscape-level modeling based on field-based observations of demography and behavior.  New graduate student projects will focus on landscape models (SEIBMS  = Spatially Explicit Individual Based Models) using field-based data to ask questions in the context of source-sink dynamics.

2) project on the potential non-target effects of herbicides on butterflies. Selective herbicides are increasingly a preferred management tool because of their ability to target problem invasive species with minimal impact on most native plant species. Studies from this lab to date suggest lethal and sub-lethal effects that may impact sensitive non-target species.  Student will work on a new multi-site study to investigate potential advantages and consequences of grass-specific herbicides on butterflies as well as other invertebrates and plants in the prairie community.

Interested students should look at the Letter to Prospective Graduate Students and send a CV/resume, transcripts and a letter describing past research experience and future research interests to Cheryl Schultz, schultzc@vancouver.wsu.edu. All interested students are encouraged to get in touch to learn more about the program and research in our lab.

Graduate applications receive priority consideration if received by January 10, 2014 for Fall 2014 admission.