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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] PhD Assistantship: Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Univ.
Graduate Research Assistantship
Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Herbivore Interactions
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Aspen and associated browsing ungulates are foundation species in forests
throughout much of North America. A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. -
Ph.D. or Ph.D.) is available for work with the research groups of Rick
Lindroth and Eric Kruger at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Funded by a
five-year NSF grant, this research addresses genetic and environmental
factors that influence aspen defense (chemical resistance, tolerance,
escape) against mammalian herbivores (e.g., deer, elk). Primary objectives
of the work are to: 1) characterize aspen chemical defense traits, 2) assess
costs/benefits of resistance, tolerance and escape, and 3) evaluate the
selective impact of browsing on the genetic structure of defense traits in
experimental populations. Applicants must be interested in investigating
both the chemical and population genetics aspects of plant-herbivore
interactions. Applicants should pursue admission to the graduate program in
Zoology (Ecology), Forest and Wildlife Ecology, or Botany.
For more information about the Lindroth and Kruger research groups, visit:
University and Town:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a premier institution for research in
ecology and evolution, and has ranked among the top five research
universities in the United States for each of the past 20 years. UW-Madison
ranks first in research expenditures among public universities. Madison is
the capital city of Wisconsin, and consistently ranks among the best cities
in the U.S.A. for work, education, family and leisure activities.
50% Research Assistantships currently provide a stipend of $ $20,400 (12
mo.), tuition waiver, and excellent medical/dental health plans.
Position available beginning in summer or fall of 2011.
Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong
communication skills are encouraged to apply. Well-developed interpersonal
skills are essential. Candidates must be able to work independently as well
as part of a collaborative research team.
Interested candidates are asked to e-mail Graduate Student Services
Coordinator Sara Rodock ([log in to unmask]) a single PDF file containing the
- Cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional
- Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)
- GRE scores (if not available, indicate when exam will be taken)
- Names and contact information for three references
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, whereupon promising candidates
will be requested to submit formal applications to a UW graduate program.
Note that several programs have a Dec. 31 cutoff date.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Rick Lindroth
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237 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706 U.S.A.