My lab currently has an open PhD position on a newly funded NSF project. The student will investigate the responses of macroinvertebrate communities and stream food webs to a whole-stream warming experiment. The larger scope of the project includes microbial to whole-stream reach responses to temperature that will be used to predict future network-scale fates of carbon, using a multi-scale design that includes the paired-catchment whole-stream warming experiment, an array of warmed streamside channels, laboratory studies of aquatic microbes, and reach- and network-scale modeling. Fieldwork will take place in the Southern Appalachians at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, North Carolina. Ideally, the successful candidate would have a background in entomology and an interest in combining it with experimental ecosystem ecology to examine the effects of climate warming on energy flow through species-rich consumer networks. The position includes a competitive stipend, health insurance and tuition waiver.
I'm also hoping to take on a MS student to work on this project. This position would have to be supported by a TA, but would also include health insurance and a tuition waiver.
If you're interested, please take a look at my Prospective Students page and email me.