We are recruiting undergraduates, graduates and post-docs for a new collaborative study between the Ries and Armbruster (https://armbruster.georgetown.domains/) labs at Georgetown and also across four other participating institutions (see below).
A new NSF-funded initiative to examine how climate impacts population dynamics of butterflies throughout North America has funding for this new integrative collaboration. This project will study growth, survivorship, and immune responses of multiple butterfly species to different temperature profiles and variable host plant sources. Field and laboratory approaches (including rearing, population genetics, and gene expression) will study select butterfly populations throughout their range to understand local adaptations and evolutionary potential. We will use these mechanistic data to build dynamic models to project species’ responses to climate change. Predictions of emerging models of large-scale population and range dynamics will be tested with data emerging from a network of community (citizen) science monitoring platforms and programs (e.g., the North American Butterfly Counts, route-based butterfly monitoring networks, opportunistic observations through portals like eButterfly and iNaturalist). Validated models will be projected into future climates to explore the potential biodiversity consequences of global change.
New undergrad positions start in spring 2022 for data compilation tasks and summer 2022 for laboratory research. Interested grad students are encouraged to contact Ries (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Armbruster (email@example.com) directly before applying to the Georgetown Biology PhD program (https://biology.georgetown.edu/graduate/applicants/) by the December 1st deadline. We have no specific funding for postdoctoral fellows, but the goals of the project align exactly with one current focus of NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology (area 2), “Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes.” (https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/postdoctoral-research-fellows...)
Our project is looking to support a large and diverse collaboration and we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates who have been traditionally underrepresented in the ecological and evolutionary sciences or who are passionate about broadening participation. As such, we also highly encourage interested upcoming and recent graduates who can also apply for NSF Biology Fellowships under area 1: “Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology”.
Participating labs include the Kingsolver Lab (https://jgking.web.unc.edu/) at University of NC, the Yang lab (https://yanglab.ucdavis.edu/) at UC-Davis, the Smilanich lab (http://www.angelasmilanich.com/) at University of NV-Reno, and the Breed lab (https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/gregbreed/home) at University of AK-Fairbanks.