The Alberto lab at UW-Milwaukee is seeking for a graduate student for Fall 2017 with an interest in molecular ecology of kelp (brown macroalgae) forests or seagrass species. Our interest is broad in all areas of population genetics and genomics from fine scale spatial genetic structure and demographic inference, local adaptation, oceanscape genetics and range wide biogeographical analysis of model organisms. Our focus is both on empirical research through the acquisition of population genetics data, using molecular marker techniques, simulation based hypothesis testing and species distribution modeling. Our closer collaborators include the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER (http://sbc.lternet.edu/) based at UCSB, California, The Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Central California, and the Center for Marine Sciences at University of the Algarve, Portugal (http://www.ccmar.ualg.pt/maree/). Students interested in developing projects in topics related to seagrass population genetics or
the balance between clonal and sexual strategies, focusing marine or freshwater plant model species, are also welcomed to contact me. Please see my website for more information on our team (http://alberto-lab.blogspot.com/).
Much of our work involves some form of programming in R, students are expected to be motivated to learn programing. While programming skills are a benefit, they are not required to successful applicants.
UWM has an active group of researchers studying evolutionary genetics and behavior: https://uwm.edu/bi…/research/ecology-evolution-and-behavior/. Students would enroll in thehttp://uwm.edu/graduateschool/ graduate program in the department of biological sciences at UWM (https://uwm.edu/biology/graduate/prospective-students/), the deadline for applications is December 1. The minimum requirements for admission to the Biology Department include an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and GRE scores (both verbal and quantitative) in the 50 percentile or better. You can find more information from the Graduate School websitehttp://uwm.edu/graduateschool/.
All graduate students at UWM can be supported financially by teaching assistantships (TA) and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance. TA appointments are usually made at the 50% level, which involves a teaching commitment of 20 hours per week. MS students can expect TA support for up to 3 years and PhD students up to 5 years. You must apply by December 1 to be considered for a TA position. There are also other opportunities for funding, such as University wide fellowships that are generally based on GRE and GPA, which are given to students after they have been enrolled at UWM for one year. More information athttps://uwm.edu/biology/graduate/funding/
To apply please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) including 1) a statement of research interests, 2) a summary of your previous academic and research experiences, and 3) a summary on how your research interests might fit our lab. Finally, please include a CV (with GPA and GRE scores).
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee