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PhD Opportunity in Forest Ecological Genetics  at Penn State 

The Leites Lab at Penn State is looking for a PhD student interested in forest ecological genetics and ready to start the program in January 2024. The student will join a multi-institutional team studying ecological genetics of forest tree species, modeling population responses to climate in tree species native to the eastern US, and delineating climate-smart seed sourcing strategies for resilient forests. The student will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with our national and international colleagues, and with federal and state agencies.  


The successful candidate should have completed a MS in forest resources/forest ecology or related subjects, have strong quantitative skills, be highly motivated, and committed to an inclusive and supportive environment. Our lab provides an intellectually rigorous and stimulating environment where we strive to be inclusive and welcoming so that all members can achieve their academic and professional goals. Visit our lab page for more information (https://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/labs/leites-lab


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Laura Leites (lpl3@psu.edu) and provide 1) a one-page cover letter stating interest and describing quantitative skills, 2) a CV with publications, and 3) three professional references. 


Laura P. Leites, PhD 

Research Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology 

Department of Ecosystem Science & Management 

Penn State University 

312 Forest Resources Bld, +814-865-4244