PhD assistantship

Sydney Cameron scameron at UARK.EDU
Mon Jun 4 13:15:17 CDT 2001

Graduate Student Research Assistantship funded by the USDA National
Research Initiative available for a PhD student interested in
phylogenetic biology.

The Assistantship will provide training in the theory and methods of
taxonomy (web-based keys, illustrations, morphology-based character
analysis, etc.) and molecular phylogenetics, including model-based
approaches to DNA character analysis.  Equal emphases will be given
to training in both of these areas of phylogenetic biology.

The specific research will involve the construction of a worldwide
species phylogeny and data base of the bumble bees (Bombus).  The
student will work with Drs. Sydney Cameron at UIUC and Paul Williams
at the Natural History Museum in London.  Collecting trips are
scheduled for northern India/Nepal and specific regions of the Alps.

Applicants with a strong interest in the breadth of systematics are
encouraged to apply.  This is a research training grant to do
systematics in the strict sense, but does not exclude those with
interests in behavioral evolution and biodiversity.  Preference will
be given to students interested in working on the systematics and
behavior of bees, particularly bumble bees.  Applicants with
background experience in systematics, genetics, computer
applications, biodiversity and conservation are encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois has one of the leading programs in
Entomology, both through its Dept. of Entomology and the Illinois
Natural History Survey.  Interdisciplinary strengths include programs
in  Systematics, Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution.  It also has an
outstanding group of researchers working in tropical biology.

For full consideration applications must be received by 15 September
2001.  The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer.

Please send letter of interest and CV to:

Dr. Sydney Cameron
Dept. of Entomology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
505 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

e-mail:  scameron at
Sydney Cameron
Department of Entomology
321 Agriculture Bldg.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Ph:  501-575-2656  Ofc
Ph:  501-575-7681  Lab
Fax: 501-575-2452
e-mail: scameron at

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