Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

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!