The Delmore Lab at the University of Texas A&M is looking for a PhD student to join our group in Sept 2022.
We study speciation using hybrid zones and work at both the micro and macroevolutionary scale.
One research stream focuses on behaviour – how variation in behavioural traits contributes to speciation and the genetic basis of these traits. Two of the behaviors we study are seasonal migration and courtship behavior in thrushes and hummingbirds, respectively.
Another research stream takes a more comparative approach, focusing on processes that generate genome-wide variation in estimates of differentiation during speciation. We use both genomic data and computer simulations to address this question.
Students can pursue degrees in Biology (https://www.bio.tamu.edu/), EEB (https://www.eeb.tamu.edu) or Genetics (https://www.genetics.tamu.edu). All of these programs have collaborative, enthusiastic and supportive environment. They include students from many different international backgrounds and you will be able to develop knowledge in evolution and substantial genomic and computational skills while you’re here.
Texas A&M is a Tier 1 institution with an amazing number of facilities to support research. College Station itself is a friendly university town located between Austin and Houston. It is the perfect venue for getting work done while having access to vibrant city centers full of entertainment and culture.
You can find out more about our lab at delmorelab.com. If you are interested please email a CV (including names and contact details of two-three references) and a one-page cover letter stating your motivations to Kira Delmore (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line "PhD application".