Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD UCLA – Theoretical and Computational Ecology 

Our lab is homed at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA, starting in Summer 2024. The lab aims to tackle fundamental questions in ecological dynamics as well as applied questions in forecasting and conservation. To this end, we develop rigorous theory through interdisciplinary tools and devise monitoring-applicable metrics. While our work leans towards the theoretical and computational aspects, we widely collaborate with field and experimental ecologists to work on a broad range of ecosystems. Please visit the lab webpage for more information: clsong.com
The lab has openings for 1-2 PhD students who are passionate about ecology with a strong quantitative background. The lab accepts students through the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. The deadline for application is December 1st. More information about the program can be found on this webpage (https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/doctoral-program). 
Our lab believes in fostering a space where students can chase their research curiosities and passions. To ensure a symbiotic mentor-mentee relationship, we hope your interests resonate with one or more of the following: species coexistence, priority effects/community assembly, eco-evolutionary dynamics, ecological time series, and spatial pattern analysis. 
Selecting an advisor that suits your interests and needs is critical to being happy and successful. I’d appreciate the opportunity to connect before applying. To start a conversation, please drop me an email at clsong.ecology@gmail.com with: 
– Your CV 
– An unofficial transcript 
– Research interests (including why you want to work in this lab)