PHD POSITION in Avian Sexual Selection and Signaling ~

16 de octubre de 2007

PHD POSITION in Avian Sexual Selection and Signaling

Washington State University
We are seeking a self-motivated and creative doctoral student to conduct
research on reproductive strategies and the evolution of plumage signals
in an Australian passerine, the red-backed fairy-wren. Research will
involve fieldwork in Australia (approximately 3 or more months per year)
as well as genetic and/or hormonal laboratory analyses, and will likely
commence during Fall 2008. Possible research projects might involve the
influence of social interactions on male hormonal status and plumage, a
phylogeographic analysis of plumage color variation and hybridization,
or the effects of early life events on male breeding strategies and
lifetime fitness. Other thesis topics are possible, so long as they
overlap sufficiently with the broader goals of our on-going research.
The student will be advised by Mike Webster and/or by Dr. Hubert Schwabl
at Washington State University (see webpages at
Ideal candidates will have a Master's degree and at least one
peer-reviewed publication, but we also welcome inquiries from recent
college graduates with a strong interest in avian behavioral ecology,
field research experience, and a record of academic excellence. If
interested, please send a cover letter, CV (including names, phone
numbers, and email addresses of three references), and a one-page
statement of research interests to DR. MIKE WEBSTER (EM: mwebster AT We anticipate selecting a Ph.D. candidate by early Mar 2008.

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