Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD positions in Urban Wildlife Ecology and Human-Nature Interaction at the University of Iowa 

Dr. Heather Sander’s lab in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa has openings for two-to-three, funded PhD students to start in the fall of 2024.   

Dr. Sander’s lab conducts research focused on identifying relationships between urban wildlife communities, landscapes, and human well-being and is an active partner in the Urban Wildlife Information Network.  

Students with research interests in urban wildlife ecology, particularly of mammals, and urban human-nature interaction, including relationships between wildlife and human well-being, are especially sought.  Previous field experience involving mammals (camera trapping, live trapping) and ecological modelling experience (e.g., occupancy modelling) or experience with ethnographic and survey techniques are desirable. 

Interested students should contact Dr. Heather Sander via email (heather-a-sander@uiowa.edu) prior to applying. That email should include a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, and a one-page statement describing  past experience and research and career interests. Information on the department’s graduate programs and application process is available athttps://clas.uiowa.edu/geography/graduate-program