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Graduate Positions in the Gaiser lab

If you are interested in earning an M.S. or Ph.D. in the Gaiser lab, please send a letter of inquiry to Dr. Gaiser at If you are passionate about algae, have a background in ecology and aquatic sciences, we want to hear from you! Deadlines for fall admission are in January, so interested students must make initial contact with Dr. Gaiser at least one year in advance of their target admission date (early fall of the year prior to entry).

Our lab is dedicated to integrative field and experimental research on wetland, lake, and estuarine algae, and to creative forms of public outreach. We are part of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program which has a very active student organization of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research. Students collaborate with other 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.

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.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship in the Department of Biological Sciences to match research assistantship support from grants. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships.

Dr. Evelyn Gaiser
George M. Barley, Jr., Eminent Scholars Chair
Institute of Environment
11200 S.W. 8th Street, CASE 253
Miami, Florida 33199