Thursday, September 19, 2013

PhD position - Tropical Ecology and Conservation lab (FIU)

The Tropical Ecology and Conservation lab ( in the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU( (Miami Florida USA) is seeking a doctoral student to conduct his/her dissertation research as part of an NSF-funded program on “Understanding range limits and plant migration in response to climate change in neotropical montane forests” (a collaboration between K.J. Feeley of FIU, M. Silman of WFU, P. Meir of U. Edinburgh, and ABERG

Research will involve field measurements of plant performance under experimental environmental manipulations in the tropical Andean cloudforests of Manu National Park, Peru (, and will focus on the integration of field data into demographic and distribution models.  In addition to research, the graduate student will assist in outreach and k-12 environmental education activities in collaboration with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (

 Preferred candidates will have already completed a Master’s degree in ecology or another related discipline; have previous field research experience; have strong analytical and modeling skills; be fluent in R, English, and Spanish; and be highly motivated and personable.  If interested, please send an email with a CV, a letter describing research interests and experiences, GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) and contact information for 3 professional references to Ken Feeley ( Minority and international students are very strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for receiving letters of interest is November 15th 2013.

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