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PhD position: Global change ecology of reptile and amphibian communities at UT Arlington, Texas

A PhD position in reptile and amphibian ecology is available in the Frishkoff lab.

Potential projects in the lab could involve, for example: (i) determining how thermal ecology and/or interspecific competition govern survival and failure of herp species in anthropogenic habitats, (ii) assessing how land-use and climate change will jointly affect species’ survival.

Projects in the lab have the potential to combine fieldwork (amphibian and reptile collection and community surveys in and around Texas, Central America, and/or the Caribbean), lab work (metabarcoding for dietary analysis, genomic sequencing), “big-data” analysis (using museum records and citizen science data for species distribution modeling), and advanced statistical methods (capture-recapture models, phylogenetic comparative methods). As a result students can expect to acquire a constellation of skills including advanced statistical analysis, GIS, high-throughput sequencing, and coding in R. Students will also gain substantial experience with fieldwork, including animal observation, identification and handling.

Interested students should send an email describing their background and interests to Dr. Frishkoff ( with “2020 PhD position” in the subject line. Please include your CV, a statement of research interests, and GRE scores. Applicants should apply to the PhD program in Biology ( Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019. Start date is flexible but ideally will correspond with the start of the Fall 2020 semester.