Graduate student positions

PhD Positions in Computational and Mathematical Ecology

Kim Cuddington (, Department of Biology.
We use large datasets, computational, statistical and mathematical approaches to answer questions about temperature for invasive species, species at risk and ecosystem engineers. Work that involves modelling or data analysis can be done while sheltering in place, and late entry to the program is still possible. Possible projects include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Creating mathematical models of the impacts of an engineering predator on its prey
2. Incorporating autocorrelated temperature data and thermal response curves in structured population models of aquatic species at risk or invasive forest pests (e.g. Emerald Ash borer)
3. Modelling microclimate conditions (under-bark, river, plant canopy) to calculate the autocorrelation and probability of extreme temperature thresholds
4. Experimentally determining the effects of autocorrelated temperatures on thermal responses of insect invertebrates or fish
We provide four years of funding for students in a PhD program.
Please send an inquiry email providing an unofficial transcript, a brief statement of research interests in ecology, and contact information for three references (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). The application for graduate studies is here (, but please contact me directly regarding the deadlines.


PhD Training program in Sustainable Oceans at UC Davis

UC Davis is entering the third year of a $3M award from the National Science Foundation in support of a new Research Traineeship (NRT) program “Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions”. Our Sustainable Oceans NRT will train the next generation of PhD marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts the policy focus on the front-end of the research and training enterprise as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The basis of the new interdisciplinary paradigm is combining traditional graduate training in core disciplines and interdisciplinary courses on marine science and policy with immersion into the policy process and politics surrounding ecosystem-based fishery management.

Starting in 2018, over 5 years, we anticipate training 60 PhD students, including 30 funded trainees, from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, economics, environmental policy, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and oceanography.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit

For general questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Pernille Sporon Boving (ude.sivadcu|gnivob#ude.sivadcu|gnivob)

The Hall Lab ( is seeking to recruit Ph.D. students who are passionate about mathematical modeling of host-parasite dynamics for admission in fall 2020. Successful applicants will join multi-disciplinary teams working on exciting projects funded through the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, and Population and Community Ecology programs. Positions are available for the following three projects:

• Modeling habitat and coinfection as drivers of heterogeneity in infection processes, applied to transmission of Puumala hantavirus in voles in Finland. Project details:
• Modeling the socio-ecological dynamics of land use change and infectious diseases, with application to transmission of Chagas disease and leishmaniasis in Panama. Project details:
• Modeling interactions between resident and migratory populations and the consequences for parasite infection, with application to North American monarch butterflies and their protozoan parasites. This position will be co-mentored by Dr Sonia Altizer ( Project details:

Students will join the world-class Ecology graduate program at the Odum School of Ecology (, and may also be eligible for admittance to the NSF-funded Graduate Research Training program in Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales ( or the Integrative Conservation Program ( at UGA. We seek motivated graduate students with strong interests in applying mathematical models to ecological and epidemiological problems. Prior experience of working with mathematical models is highly desirable. Interested applicants should send a cover letter indicating their research and training interests, and a copy of their CV, to ude.agu|llahjr#ude.agu|llahjr. Applications from students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are especially welcome.


PhD positions in theoretical ecology and theoretical epidemiology at Florida State University

Prof. Michael Cortez is searching for two PhD students to join his group at Florida State University ( to work on projects in theoretical ecology and theoretical epidemiology.

The position in theoretical epidemiology will involve modeling multi-host-multi-pathogen systems, as part of the NSF funded project, "Collaborative Research: Development and empirical tests of a mechanistic multi-host, multi-pathogen theory." The position in theoretical ecology focuses on modeling evolving or phenotypically plastic populations, as part of the NSF funded project, "Developing, unifying, and empirically testing theory for inducible and evolving defenses." Both projects are part of empirical-theory collaborations (Meghan Duffy at the University of Michigan and Edward Hammill at Utah State University, respectively). Both projects can involve the development and analysis of general mathematical models, with a goal of generating new mathematical theory, or the development, analysis, and parameterization of models tailored to the empirical systems.

Applications: Applicants should hold a bachelors or masters degree in the life sciences or quantitative sciences (e.g., mathematics or computational biology) and have strong quantitative skills. Excellence in academic performance, communication and writing skills are essential. Previous training and experience working with differential equations are essential. Applicants can be based in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduate program in the Department of Biological Science ( or the Biomathematics graduate program in the Department of Mathematics ( Because of departmental admission requirements, interested candidates must contact Professor Michael Cortez before applying to either graduate program. Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three references as a single pdf to cortez[at]


Position as PhD Research fellow in Disease Ecology available at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.

We are looking for a PhD candidate interested to work with us on “Trait-based modeling of host-parasite dynamics in a changing world” at CEES, University of Oslo, Norway. The position is fully funded, for 3 years full time or 4 years including 25% teaching duties (salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum).

Supervisors: Yngvild Vindenes (main supervisor), Atle Mysterud and Hildegunn Viljugrein.

Application Deadline November 26, 2019. Suggested starting date January 2020 (this is flexible).

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