PhD Student Position to Study Evolution of Diving Physiology in Sea Ducks

PhD Student Position to Study Evolution of Diving Physiology in Sea Ducks

A PhD student position is available beginning August 2017 to work on
comparative evolution of diving physiology in sea ducks at the University
of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, with Kevin McCracken and collaborating
investigators at McMaster University (Graham Scott & Neal Dawson) and
the Alaska Science Center (Sarah Sonsthagen, Robert Wilson, & Andy Ramey).

We seek a PhD student with interests in integrated physiology and
evolutionary biology, and willingness to pursue fieldwork in Alaska.
Studies are not limited to but will include cardiovascular physiology,
enzyme function, and histology. Students with an interest in using RNAseq
methodology to study gene expression also are encouraged to contact us.
Travel to Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and to the collaborating labs
in Canada will be required.

Typical duration of funding for a PhD student at the University of Miami
is at least five years with stipends of approximately $24,000/year,
including a full tuition waiver and health benefits. Both university
fellowships and departmental teaching assistantships are available.

Applications to the PhD program at UM are due 1 December 2016 for fall
2017 admission (

Individuals who want to apply should first send a statement including
background and research interests and curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Kevin McCracken
Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology & Conservation
Department of Biology & Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33146, U.S.A.

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