Graduate student opportunities

Ph. D. and M. S. positions available in Community Ecology.

We are looking to recruit a graduate student to start in the fall of 2017.

Some questions that we are interested in are:

  1. Is coexistence of competing plant species maintained by natural enemies?
  2. How do interactions between plants and their natural enemies vary along environmental (e.g. precipitation and soil fertility) and anthropogenic (e.g. habitat fragmentation and hunting) gradients?
  3. What factors influence the relative abundances of host-specialist and host-generalist herbivores in ecological communities?
  4. How does fruiting synchrony affect seedling survival in Southeast Asian rain forests and what factors increase asynchronous fruiting?
  5. How do different coexistence mechanisms influence the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning?

This is far from an exhaustive list and ideas for other questions that fit in with our overall research themes are welcome.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology or a related discipline and a Master’s degree will be advantageous for Ph. D. applications. A broad knowledge of ecology, strong written and verbal communication ability in English and quantitative skills are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with proven research aptitude (e.g. published papers), experience of field work, and an interest and knowledge of natural history (especially in the system they would like to work in).

Application process

Interested and qualified candidates should browse my web page (http://bagchi.eeb.uconn.edu) and then email me (robert.bagchi@uconn.edu) with:

  1. a cover-letter including a description of (i) qualifications, (ii) research interests and (iii) brief ideas for research projects (5-6 sentences).
  2. an up-to-date CV,
  3. transcript (unofficial is fine),
  4. GPA and GRE scores
  5.  a sample of scientific writing (e.g. a published paper, a manuscript or an excerpt from a thesis/dissertation or scientific essay).

I will give preference to applicants who contact me by Monday, October 31st  2016 so that we have plenty of time to discuss projects and funding opportunities before the UConn Graduate School’s application deadline on December 15th 2016. Strong applicants will be contacted to schedule an informal interview via Skype.

Funding

Internal financial support is available through research assistantships, teaching assistantships and university fellowships, but applicants are strongly encouraged to seek external funding. The UConn Graduate School has several funding opportunities for outstanding applicants and groups that are historically under-represented in science (e.g. the NextGenCT Scholarships, Giolas-Harriott and Crandall Cordero Fellowships and Outstanding Scholars Program) .

 

Questions

If you have questions check the FAQs and if you need more information or clarification, email me.