[Taxacom] Graduate Research Assistantship – Tenebrionid Systematics, Arizona State University

Nico Franz nico.franz at asu.edu
Mon Dec 3 10:33:31 CST 2012

An NSF-funded graduate research assistantship is available (on short
notice!) to study tenebrionid systematics in the School of Life Sciences at
Arizona State University. The application deadline is December 15, 2012,
for entry into the Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Biology in the Fall of
2013. The research project will focus on the systematics of the darkling
beetle genus *Eleodes* (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) – a diverse genus of
flightless beetles endemic to western North America and commonly referred
to as pinacate beetles or stink beetles.

 The selected student will be mentored by Drs. Aaron Smith, Nico Franz, and
Quentin Wheeler, and will concentrate on revising the *Eleodes*
subgenera *Promus
*and *Tricheleodes* using comparative morphological and molecular
information. Additional tasks will include contributions to an emerging
Coleoptera Anatomy Ontology, field work, and outreach. Academic excellence
and a strong background in insect systematics are highly desirable.

Interested candidates should contact Nico Franz immediately at
nico.franz at asu.edu with a brief statement of their interests and



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