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PhD Position in Insect Ecology
Grad Positions
Posted May 11
Dr. Kate Mathis’ Ant Ecology lab in the Department of Biology at Clark University has an opening for a PhD student. Our lab examines the dynamics of multi-trophic interactions involving ants in agroecosystems. We combine behavioral observations, manipulative field experiments, chemical ecology techniques, and lab experiments to examine the dynamics of interactions between ants, herbivores, pollinators, natural enemies, and plants. Although our research spans a range of ecosystems, work will primarily focus on species interactions in local agricultural landscapes. 
The lab seeks applications from independent, motivated, and creative students with previous research experience and a strong background in plant, insect, and/or chemical ecology.  Students with a background in statistics and programming experience using R, or a willingness to develop these skills, are preferred. Women and members of other minority groups are also particularly encouraged to apply.  Please contact Dr. Kate Mathis ( with questions and interest.  Prospective students should initially send their CV and a short letter describing past research experience and interests via email to Dr. Mathis.  Start date for this position is negotiable, but could be as early as Fall 2019.   Clark University is a private research university, located in Worcester, MA, less than an hour from Boston.  To learn more about Clark’s graduate program visit the website:  Although this year’s application deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications.