We’re looking for new graduate students

Eco-Evo Lab at California State University, Northridge is seeking outstanding candidates for the M.S. program in Biology. Research in our lab focuses on the interface between ecological and evolutionary processes. As community ecologists, we are interested in how species interactions affect species and genetic diversity in communities. In particular, we are interested in how rapid evolution affects species interactions, such as predation, competition, and mutualism. Moreover, as evolutionary biologists, we are interested in how interactions among multiple species in natural communities affect selection on traits and evolutionary trajectories. Our research combines theoretical and empirical approaches to tackle these questions.

Current research projects in the lab focus on (1) how evolution affects the diversity and stability of bacteria and protozoa communities that live inside carnivorous pitcher plants, (2) genetic variation and evolution of symbiotic algae living on coral reefs, and (3) genetic diversity in invasive species in California grasslands. Students are encouraged to develop independent research projects in any of these systems. More information is available at our website.

Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and provides access to many different natural habitats. The location is within a short commute of Santa Monica and Hollywood. The Biology program at CSUN has a reputation of turning out excellent Master’s students who often continue on to top-tier Ph.D. programs. CSUN was recently recognized by Nature as one of the top 25 Rising Institutions for Research in North America. Our interactive group combines faculty and students from the Ecology & Evolution program  and Marine Biology program.

The ideal candidate will have previous research experience, familiarity with the R programming language, and a passion for science. Interested students should contact Casey terHorst (casey.terhorst@csun.edu). In your email, please describe your research interests, any previous research experience, and your career goals. Include a CV, if possible. Formal applications are due on February 15, but interested students should contact me well before then. Members of under-represented groups in ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

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