Below is an announcement by Brett Scheffers regarding a PhD position available in his lab. The student will study tropical ecology and conservation with an emphasis on animals living in the canopy of rainforests. There is flexibility in field locations but options include Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, or Panama.

The position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

Applications are welcome for a fully funded PhD graduate studentship in the Scheffers lab of Global Change Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.

Project: I am looking for a motivated student to fill a PhD position. The Scheffers lab is a multicultural lab with members currently representing the USA, UK, Pakistan, Burkina Faso and Brazil.

The student will be part of a team working on canopy science research in the USA and one of the lab’s field sites in either SE Asia, Madagascar, the Neotropics and/or Australia.

The student will conduct research in the canopy of temperate and tropical forests on a diversity of taxa including frogs, lizards, ants, and/or mosquitoes. The student will have flexibility in the taxa s/he chooses and the specific hypotheses that will define his or her thesis. Ongoing themes in our lab include biogeography, physiological tolerance, habitat loss and fragmentation, species interactions, climate change impacts on biodiversity and microhabitat usage.

The PhD student is expected to collaborate with an existing team of 3 students and 1 post-doc as well as international collaborators that are affiliated with our lab.

Start date: August 2017

Qualifications: The PhD candidate will devote their time to academic excellence and will be required to spend time away from home in the field (working in the USA and abroad). Candidates with an MSc are preferred, however, applicants with a BSc and have extensive independent research and/or peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals may also apply. Because of the nature of this research, candidates are expected to be independent with significant experience working in the field. Skills in ecological modeling and analysis are desirable.

For more information, please see the Scheffers lab website ( or contact, Brett Scheffers, at

To receive full consideration, candidates must send a CV, research statement and the names and contact information of three references to the above email address.