Positions in the Lab

There are no postdoc positions currently in the lab.  However, I am excited to discuss sponsoring a fellowship application with motivated scientists.  I particularly encourage graduate students to contact me 1-2 years before their anticipated graduation, so we may discuss project ideas and submit fellowship applications.

Graduate Students
Fall 2019 or Spring 2020
Position 1, PhD- Quantifying deleterious alleles in American black bear populations with varying demographic histories with a strong focus on translation of genomics for conservation and management

Fall 2020
Position 2, Masters- Landscape genetics of American black and brown bears living in sympatry; quantification of temporal shifts in habitat use

  • Experience with GIS required

Position 3, Masters or PhD- Rangewide cranial morphometric variation of American black bears

Students interested in either MS or PhD level work in evolutionary genomics should email me to discuss opportunities ahead of a formal application to the University of Memphis Graduate School and Biology Department.  Please describe your research interests and experiences and attach a CV.

Please note that I do not support conferral of MS degrees in the process of a PhD.  An MS requires a thesis, a PhD a dissertation; an MS in the process of the PhD with me would be a 7+ year process with expectations of publishing a thesis and dissertation.

I have several openings for undergraduate volunteers. Students must commit to 6-9 hours per week in lab.  Initial lab work will consist of data entry and computer analyses, with future opportunities to train in the wet lab (i.e. DNA extraction, PCR, and building genomic libraries).  Interested students should email me and detail their science/biology interests, list any relevant courses or experiences, and provide a copy of their schedule.