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  • Ph.D. Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions

    Guest Sarah E. Bush, PhD
    • Employer: University of Utah
      Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Ph.D. Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions,

    Clayton-Bush Lab, School of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Utah

    We are seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems. Recent projects in our lab focus on host specificity, speciation, adaptive radiation, experimental evolution, anti-parasite behavior, and implications of invasive parasites for conservation biology.     

    1-2 positions may be available, starting August, 2023. Students in our lab are supported through a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Support is guaranteed for five years, contingent upon good progress.  Further information concerning the lab can be found here: http://darwin.biology.utah.edu/

    Our recent PhD. students have obtained tenure-track positions at institutions ranging from top tier R1 universities and small colleges, to NGOs, industry, and the federal government.

    The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah, including the Clayton-Bush Lab, is strongly committed to expanding equity and inclusion with the goal of making our community as strong and diverse as our research.

    Please visit www.biology.utah.edu/ for information about the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah.  Students interested in our lab should apply through the graduate program in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Admission requirements and applications are available at: https://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate-admissions/


    The application deadline is December 1st 2022.

    Email inquiries to one or both of us are welcome:

    Dr. Dale H. Clayton (clayton@biology.utah.edu)

    Dr. Sarah E. Bush (bush@biology.utah.edu)


    Recent examples of publications by our lab:

    Boyd et al. 2022.  Long-distance dispersal of pigeons and doves generated new ecological opportunities for host-switching and adaptive radiation by their parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2022.0042

    Baldwin-Brown et al. 2021.  The assembled and annotated genome of the pigeon louse Columbicola columbae, a model ectoparasite. Genes, Genomes, Genetics.  https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab009

    McNew et al. 2020. Parasitism by an invasive nest fly reduces future reproduction in Galápagos mockingbirds. Oecologia.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-019-04582-y

    Bush et al. 2019. Host defense triggers rapid adaptive radiation in experimentally evolving parasites.  Evolution Letters.  doi:10.1002/evl3.104

    Villa et al, 2019.  Rapid experimental evolution of reproductive isolation from a single natural population.  PNAS.  www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1901247116

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