Postdoc in microbial/fungal ecology in Hawaii ~

15 de julio de 2013

Postdoc in microbial/fungal ecology in Hawaii

A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab at the Department of
Botany at the University of Hawaii. The successful applicant will join a
growing and dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology
and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago.

The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for carrying out a study
whose goal is to determine how the mycophagous diet of a Federally
endangered tree snail,Achatinella mustelina, covaries among populations
and host plant species. The snail is one of several species within
Achatinella comprising a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the
island of Oahu. Additional background information is available on the Tree
Snail Conservation Lab website:

Primary research objectives will be to analyze and synthesize for
publication, a large Illumina amplicon dataset of fungi and bacteria
from 150 host plant biofilm/snail feces pairs to infer diet dynamics from
throughout the snail's natural and captive range. A secondary objective
will be to isolate and identify fungal species from host trees to augment
captive snail breeding programs.

The incumbent will work closely with fungal biologists, malocologist
and with civilian US Army biologists who maintain snail conservation
exclosures at field sites in the Waianae mountain range. Although both
data and samples are in hand, the incumbent will have the opportunity
to conduct additional fieldwork as needed.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for participating in the
training and oversight of graduate and undergraduate students, publish
manuscripts in a timely manner in peer-reviewed academic journals and
work to disseminate data to conservation managers.

Please see the full job announcement for additional information and
application instructions:

Anthony Amend
Assistant Professor of Botany

University of Hawaii
Department of Botany, 101 St. John
3190 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822

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