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PhD Assistantship – Ohio University – Global Change Ecology 

The Zimova Lab at Ohio University, Dept of Biological Sciences is looking for 1 – 2 PhD students to join our group in Spring or Fall 2024. Our research focuses on quantifying consequences of climate change for vertebrate populations and understanding the potential for evolutionary change to facilitate adaptation to climate change-related stressors. Our work integrates a broad range of tools and approaches including intensive field surveys, museum specimens, high-resolution climate and environmental data, genetics, and advanced statistical modeling. The students would work with Dr. Marketa Zimova on a research project related to camouflage mismatch in seasonally molting mammals including snowshoe hares and weasels. All students will develop strong field ecology- and quantitative skills and additional skills based on their research interest. Students admitted to the program are guaranteed a teaching assistantship (min $23k/year + full tuition waiver) and whenever possible a research assistantship (min. $26k/year + tuition waiver). GRE scores not required for admission. 
The successful candidate will have a BS and or MS in a relevant field and interest in conservation biology, animal ecology and/or evolutionary biology. A valid US drivers license, strong work ethic,  ability to work independently, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Preferred qualifications include prior research experience, record of peer review publications, strong field or laboratory skills (e.g., camera trapping, live-trapping, telemetry, genetic techniques). Highly competitive applicants will also have taken statistical coursework and have experience with software such as R, and ArcGIS. 

The Department of Biological Sciences has a diverse intellectual community of faculty and scientists. The University is located in Athens, which is a small and affordable college town situated in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. It has a vibrant downtown, large farmer’s market, multiple breweries, and an active music scene. It is adjacent to several state forests and offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation.  
If you are interested in this grad school opportunity, please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/uZH3MKxPxiejdRqX7). Students interested in starting in Spring 2024 should submit their materials by October 9th 2023 for full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Zimova at zimova [at] ohio.edu with any questions.