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Ph.D. Positions in Quantitative Ecology 

The Youngflesh Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University (starting January 2024) is seeking to recruit Ph.D. students and a Postdoc. Research in the lab is focused on using quantitative tools to address questions in global change ecology, biodiversity, and population biology. There is a particular emphasis on exploring cross-scale interactions between the biotic and abiotic environment, seeking to understand how and why ecological dynamics vary across environmental gradients. Lab interests span a broad range of ecological systems, though current work is primarily focused on North American birds and marine mammals. More information can be found at https://www.YoungfleshLab.com 
Ph.D. students will be admitted through the Biological Sciences Graduate Program and will be fully supported through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The application deadline is December 1 for Fall 2024 admission. Students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including but not limited to ecology, ornithology, remote sensing, statistics, computer science, and applied mathematics. Research in the lab generally involves a substantial quantitative component so a strong background in this area is helpful. Motivated individuals, however, will be able to develop these skills over the course of a Ph.D. Students will have the opportunity to leverage a variety of large-scale data resources, from long-term field efforts, community science projects, and satellite-based sensors, and to develop leading edge data science skills. To apply, email the below materials to Casey Youngflesh (cyoungf@clemson.edu): 
– A short (<1 page) cover letter that conveys who you are, why you are interested in joining the lab, what kind of research you hope to do in graduate school, and your short- and long-term career goals. 
– A writing sample that demonstrates your ability to synthesize information (e.g., scientific paper, thesis, class project). 
– A CV that summarizes your work and academic experience. 
Clemson is a public land-grant R1 Research University located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest South Carolina, a biodiversity hotspot. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. The Youngflesh Lab is committed to building a team of people with a diverse set of life experiences and perspectives. 
I will be at ESA 2023 in Portland, OR to discuss any details related to the positions and meet potential applicants. I look forward to hearing from you!