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Graduate student in cross-ecosystem, food-web ecology - UMaine

I am looking for a PhD student to join the Klemmer lab starting September 2020 at the University of Maine, Orono to study cross-ecosystem food webs and the implications of losses and additions of taxa for food-web stability. Stipend for the position will be funded through a combination of RA and TA positions in the Ecology and Environmental Science Program and School of Biology and Ecology.


The successful candidate will possess a strong academic record, field experience, the ability to identify bugs (freshwater, marine, or terrestrial invertebrates/insects), and love all things food web and cross-ecosystem subsidies. Interest/experience with predators in different food webs (fish, birds, etc.) preferred. We will be studying whole food webs, so must be interested in the top to the bottom. There will be lab work with this position (invertebrate ID, chlorophyll aanalysis, isotope and/or fecal DNA prep). The work will consist of field surveys in Maine and potentially CO Rocky Mountains, and lots and lots of experiments, big and small. A bachelor’s degree will be required by start of position, with additional work experience or graduate research experience preferred. Also required is an enthusiasm for wet feet, cold temperatures, moving back and forth from sea-level to 10,000 ft elevation, beautiful ecosystems, mosquito bites, and all the other awesome things that come with field work. 


Interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript from all relevant degrees, a scientific writing sample, and contact information for three references. Consideration of candidates will begin on November 15th, until the position is filled.

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