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  • Behavioral Ecophysics Lab

    • Employer: University of Washington
      Location: Seatlle
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    I am recruiting PhD students to join my starting lab at UW, Seattle (http://www.alejorico.com/Ecophysics_Lab.html). If any of the research fronts listed below resonates with your interests, please contact me at colibri@uw.edu 

    1) Nectar-feeding animals as a study model to bridge the gap between our knowledge of ecological and coevolutionary patterns and their underlying mechanisms. 

    2) Studying plant-pollinator biomechanics, morphology, and related physiological and natural history traits, to link coevolutionary and speciation patterns to ecological and genetic variation. 

    3) Understanding the selective pressures acting on sexually dimorphic traits, for instance in particular cases of bill dimorphism (trade-offs between fighting and nectar extraction abilities), and more generally in the evolution of intrasexually selected weapons across animals. 

    4) Deciphering the causal mechanisms for social dominance and intra- plus inter-specific competition outcomes, and how variation in behavioral strategies (e.g., interference vs. exploitative competition) maximizes net energy gain. 

    5) Performing comparative studies along gradients from trait development (e.g. weapons achieved only until adulthood) and interindividual variation (e.g. polymorphisms), to parallel (e.g. independent appearances of weapons in hummingbirds) and convergent (e.g. in other nectar-feeding birds) evolution. 

    6) Quantifying the physiological and biomechanical trade-offs among hummingbird feeding, breathing, and locomotion, that constrain the highest mass-specific metabolic rates in vertebrates. 

    7) Technology and software development employing mechanical engineering, electronics, and computer vision, among others, in order to pioneer methods to push the current limits of the field. 

    When you contact me, please describe why you would like to join the Behavioral Ecophysics lab and attach your CV (including contact info of up to 3 references). The deadline for submitting the admission materials is December 1st 2019 (so establishing contact is time-sensitive), to start the program in September 2020. Looking forward to your message!

    Alejandro Rico-Guevara

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