Fwd: graduate vacancy

Jim Whitfield jwhitfie at LIFE.UIUC.EDU
Wed Dec 31 11:27:34 CST 2003


>Graduate Research Assistant in Entomology/Evolutionary Biology,  Illinois
>Natural History Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
>
>Two years of funding are available at the Illinois Natural History Survey
>to support a M.S. student to participate in an NSF-funded project on the
>evolution of egg-powdering behavior in leafhoppers (Hemiptera:
>Cicadellidae).  The study system includes all 30 known species of an
>endemic North American genus Cuerna, among which some powder egg nests with
>specialized products of the female Malpighian tubules while others have
>this ancestral maternal behavior lost.  The project aims to reconstruct the
>evolution of egg-powdering in Cuerna as a model of decay and loss of a
>complex biological function at the species level and will include the
>following components: collecting specimens in multiple trips within the
>U.S. and to Mexico and Canada, comparative field and laboratory
>observations of egg-laying, comparative microanatomical study of the
>Malpighian tubules, morphometrical study of the sexual dimorphism, DNA
>sequencing and phylogenetic analyses, comparative morphological study and a
>taxonomic revision of Cuerna. The graduate student will be participating in
>the field work and in two other components of the study, according to his
>or her interests.  The student is expected to work toward his or her degree
>at the Department of Entomology
>(http://www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/home.html) or in the Program in
>Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.life.uiuc.edu/programs/PEEB/)
>of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The successful
>candidate would start graduate studies in August 2004, although
>participation in the spring/summer 2004 field season would be an advantage.
>Further information can be obtained from Roman Rakitov
>(rakitov at inhs.uiuc.edu) or Chris Dietrich (dietrich at inhs.uiuc.edu), to whom
>informal application materials can be sent.  Formal application must follow
>the University of Illinois procedures
>(http://www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/gradindex.html,
>http://www.life.uiuc.edu/peeb/admissio.htm).  The departmental deadline is
>January 15, however this may be extended until the position is filled.
>
>Roman Rakitov
>Center for Biodiversity
>Illinois Natural History Survey
>607 E. Peabody Dr.
>Champaign, IL 61820 U.S.A.
>ph.: (217) 244-2151
>fax: (217) 333-4949


--
James B. Whitfield
Associate Professor
Entomology, 320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
tel. (217)333-2567 (office)
(217) 265-8123 (lab)
FAX (217) 244-3499
email jwhitfie at life.uiuc.edu
lab web pages:  http://www.life.uiuc.edu/whitfield/




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