Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD Assistantship in Ground Squirrel Responses to Climate Change Colorado 

Funded PhD position at Colorado State University! 

Are you interested in if/how mammals adapt to climate change? Want to gain expertise in behavioral and molecular techniques? Work in the gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountains?  

The Wells lab in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University is seeking a PhD student to work on these or related topics: mammalian life-history acceleration, thermal responses, range shifts, movement ecology, or genomic adaptation to climate change. Our long-term research on golden-mantled ground squirrels is based at the picturesque Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, home to many multi-decadal studies of organismal responses to climate change.  


Position: PhD in either Ecology (https://ecology.colostate.edu/) or Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb/graduate-study/graduate-program/) starting in January 2024. 

Funding: The position is funded with 2.5 years of Graduate Research Assistantship and 1.5 years of Teaching Assistantship. Funding includes tuition, 50% of graduate fees, student health/dental insurance, and stipend ($2100/month). 

Required qualifications 
-BS and/or MS in biology, wildlife, conservation, ecology/evolution, or closely related field.  
-Strong communication skills both in writing and orally 
-Ability to work both independently and collaboratively 

Preferred qualifications 
-Interest in mammalian conservation, life histories, climate change, and behavior or genetics.  
-The position will involve 3 months/year of small mammal trapping and handling. Field experience or small-mammal handling is a plus but not essential.  
-The position may involve working with low-coverage whole genome data. Lab or bioinformatic experience is a plus but not essential.    


To apply, please email the following materials in a single merged document to Dr. Caitlin Wells (Caitlin.Wells@colostate.edu) in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a subject line stating “GMGS Climate PhD Position”: (1) 1-2-page cover letter summarizing your background, fit to the project, and career goals, (2) CV including contact information for three professional references, and (3) unofficial transcripts [GRE scores are not required by the department, but may be included if you choose]. Application deadline is Friday October 6, 2023.  


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