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Washington State University: Graduate school research opportunities in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

(posted 2017-11-27)

The School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University invites motivated applicants for graduate training and research in ecology & evolutionary biology.

Research opportunities in both plant and animal systems are diverse. Research focus areas include disease and community ecology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary genetics, ecological and evolutionary physiology, genomics, evolutionary theory, and phylogenetics and systematics. The following is a brief sketch of our faculty active in these areas:

Jesse Brunner: Disease ecology
Jeremiah Busch: Population genetics, plant evolution
Patrick Carter: Quantitative genetics, animal physiology
Omar Cornejo: Genomics, host-pathogen evolution
Erica Crespi: Animal developmental physiology
Wes Dowd: Animal environmental and evolutionary physiology
Mark Dybdahl: Evolutionary ecology, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity
Dave Evans: Ecosystem ecology and nutrient cycling
Richard Gomulkiewicz: Evolutionary genetics and theory
Joanna Kelley: Genomics, adaptation to extreme environments
Eric Roalson: Plant phylogenetics and systematics
Elissa Schwartz: Disease dynamics and virus-host interactions
Andrew Storfer: Landscape genomics, disease evolution
Heather Watts: Animal behavior and physiology

For more information on specific research areas in evolution and ecology, please visit their websites, available via

Our graduate training program offers many opportunities for excellence. Every SBS student is fully funded with stipends through teaching or research assistantships, accompanying tuition waivers, and health benefits. Plus, SBS endowments provide over $100,000 per year in student awards to facilitate research, training, and professional travel. PhDs receive up to $10,000 in guaranteed support for research-related travel and MS students receive up to $5,000?in guaranteed support. The campus houses outstanding facilities, including plant and animal growth chambers, managed field sites, a modern genomics core and a campus-wide computer cluster.

Washington State University is located in Pullman, WA, a friendly mid-sized town on the rolling hills of the unique Palouse region in eastern Washington. The campus is only eight miles from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. The two towns and campuses provide an academically and culturally rich community. The area offers great parks, bike paths, restaurants, farmer's markets and unbeatable opportunities for recreation in the adjacent mountains and rivers.

For more information regarding the Graduate School applications at WSU, see:

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please

Ms. Jenny Davis (

The deadline for application of prospective students is January 10,
2018, but students are encouraged to apply anytime.