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Our group in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is keen to recruit seeking applications from motivated and independent Ph. D. and M. S. students to start in the Fall of 2023. Our group combines experimental and quantitative approaches to investigate processes that regulate diversity in ecological communities, especially in the context of natural and anthropogenic gradients. Our work involves both tropical forests and temperate systems

Some questions that we are interested in are:
1) Is the coexistence of competing plant species maintained by natural enemies?
2) How do interactions between plants and their natural enemies vary along environmental (e.g. precipitation and soil fertility) and anthropogenic (e.g. habitat fragmentation and hunting) gradients?
3) What factors influence the relative abundances of host-specialist and host-generalist herbivores in ecological communities?
4) How does fruiting synchrony affect seedling survival in Southeast Asian rain forests and what factors increase asynchronous fruiting?
5) How do different coexistence mechanisms influence the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning?

This is far from an exhaustive list and ideas for other questions that fit in with our overall research themes are welcome.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology or a related discipline, and a Master’s degree will be advantageous for Ph. D. applications. A broad knowledge of ecology, strong written and verbal communication ability in English, and quantitative skills are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with proven research aptitude (e.g. published papers), experience of field work, and an interest and knowledge of natural history (especially in the system they intend to work in).

*Application process*
Interested and qualified candidates should browse my web page (;;sdata=DOlRFMpnsG25BgSPG830fpq5H4S3HBP1t11pBfrFlD8%3D&amp;reserved=0) and then email me ([email protected]) with a description of research interests and brief ideas for research projects (<1 page) and qualifications and an up-to-date CV. I will give preference to applicants who contact me by Monday, October 2nd, 2022 so that we have plenty of time to discuss projects and funding opportunities before the UConn Graduate SchoolâÂ?ÂTs application deadline on December 15th. Strong applicants will be contacted to schedule an informal virtual interview.

Financial support is available through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships, but applicants are strongly encouraged to seek external funding. The UConn Graduate School has several funding opportunities for outstanding applicants and groups that are historically underrepresented in science.

Robi Bagchi


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