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Graduate Positions in Algal Ecology at Florida International University

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Graduate assistantships (Ph.D. and M.S.) are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) ( to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2018. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program ( and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. The FCE LTER student organization (, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support ( Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships.

Coastal Freshwater Wetland Algal Ecology: The candidates should be have a background in ecology and aquatic sciences, and be interested in the ecology and systematics of algae, especially diatoms. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how climate change and changes in freshwater resource quality and distribution influence algal community dynamics in freshwater and brackish wetlands. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Evelyn Gaiser ( and visit her lab website ( before applying.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.