We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students to join our evolution and ecology research group.
Many in our group are exploring how plant construction influences community structure and function (from morphology to genes and transcripts) of biotic decay agents (e.g., microbes and termites), and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle as climate changes. Other lab projects include exploring microbiota assembly on leaves and fruits, and using global functional trait databases to explore ecology and evolution of fungi and plants.
The student would join an interactive lab group that broadly focuses on plant, microbe and termite structure and function (anatomy and physiological ecology), community ecology, and evolutionary ecology in both temperate and tropical areas. Field projects are currently primarily based in the US, Australia, and France. The graduate work will be completed at George Washington University, which is located in the heart of DC, with easy access to numerous science, conservation, and policy based institutions, such as the Smithsonian.
If you are interested in doing graduate work with us, please send an email to me (Amy Zanne: [email protected]) with brief details about your GPA, GRE, research interests, experience, and why you want to go to graduate school. For information about applying to the program, go to the George Washington University Department of Biological Sciences website. The application deadline is early December. I am also happy to answer any questions you might have. For undergraduates, please send me brief details about your GPA, research interests, experience, and what you hope to do in the future.