Undergraduate students at UCA who are looking for research experience in ecology, physiology, and/or evolutionary biology should contact me about opportunities (email or swing by my office, LSC 164E). Undergraduate researchers are generally first expected to help with current projects in the lab, and after discussion with me, conduct an independent project. Students can do research for course credit or on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email and we can set a meeting time to talk about possibilities.
I am always interested in considering qualified graduate students. The Biology department at UCA offers a research-focused graduate program leading to a M.S. degree. If you are interested in joining my lab, please send me an email that outlines your research interests, as well as your curriculum vitae. Also, check out my link for prospective students, above.
OPEN POSITION(S) IN THE LAB
RECRUITING FOR FALL 2018
I am seeking applications for one or two graduate student positions (supported initially by Teaching Assistantships) at the University of Central Arkansas to develop projects focused on the evolutionary and physiological ecology of lizards. Current research in the lab is focused on the ecological and evolutionary significance of maternal/environmental effects in the Prairie Lizard, Sceloporus consobrinus; and on food web dynamics in Ozark Mountains glade ecosystems. The latter focuses primarily on the effects of Collared Lizards, Crotaphytus collaris, on Prairie lizards and grasshopper communities. Specific research activities will likely include a combination of both laboratory and field studies.
Receipt and continuation of the position is contingent upon acceptance into the graduate program and successful progress toward the MS degree in Biology. The program website can be found at the following link: http://uca.edu/biology/master-of-science-in-biology/
Timeline and compensation:
The positions will begin in the Fall semester 2018. Support would come from a Teaching Assistantship during the academic year, which includes a full tuition waiver and summer funding, pending grant support.
Earned 4-year degree from an accredited college or university (biology, ecology, evolution, or related field preferred). Ability to work independently and occasionally in unfavorable conditions. Good communication skills both in writing and speaking is desired. Experience working with lizards preferred but not required. Use of personal vehicle for work-related travel may occasionally be necessary.
This position is contingent upon acceptance into the graduate program. Qualified applicants should email Dr. Matthew Gifford (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include a statement of interests, a CV that details academic background and standardized testing scores, and contact information for two references.
Application deadline is March 1, so please submit applications prior to this date for full consideration.
I currently do not have funding to support a postdoc, but I am always open to discussing potential options. Please contact me if you are interested.