Under the leadership of Colin Donihue and a team of outstanding undergraduate researchers -- including Caroline Dressler, Andy Luo, Fabiola Meyer-Garza, and Thomas Patti -- our first colony of Italian Wall Lizards has arrived at Brown! Representing populations from Pennsylvania, New York, and Boston, these non-native lizards will help us understand how their populations are evolving and fitting into our local (and much colder!) environments. Super excited to see what this dream team discovers in the year ahead!
Congratulations to Dr. Ezequiel Vanderhoeven for your Rufford Foundation Grant! Ezequiel plans to study infectious diseases circulating in populations of armadillo species native to the Argentinian Chaco. The goal of the study is to understand how diseases impact populations of these species for the benefit of conservation and to support local governments and communities in the adoption of environmental practices that minimize the risk of spillover. It is an extremely important and ambitious project. The Rufford award not only provides crucial financial support, but also represents a valuable endorsement of the work from a leading international authority on applied conservation biology.
A very warm (belated) welcome to Ian Maywar, who has joined us as a laboratory research assistant. Ian has the coolest job in the country and we are unbelievably welcome to have him join us. Ian hails from Skidmore College, where he pursued both biology and mathematics; he excels in both. Ian's undergraduate thesis focused on the molecular ecology of avian malaria. In our lab, Ian is already leading some crucial molecular analyses of plant genetics, wildlife diets, and microbiomes that will directly inform NSF funded research projects and conservation.
The lab is recruiting to fill two funded positions! This is a unique opportunity to join a highly collaborative and innovative team of researchers blending field ecology with cutting edge molecular biology to make a difference in conservation at important sites around the world and on campus at Brown University.
Please see posts specific to each position:
Providence and Brown University are wonderful places to live and work!
***Update: Corrected (and extended) submission deadline below!***
The lab is recruiting a new PhD student! This is a unique opportunity to join a collaborative partnership between our lab and Yellowstone National Park as we seek to understand relationships between diverse plant species and the migratory large herbivores that eat them (e.g., bison, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, deer). This NSF-funded position offers support for ample fieldwork, lab work, and training at state of the art facilities (e.g., herbaria, genomics centers, data science centers).
The project calls for a PhD student with broad interests in biology and will provide a supportive environment to learn new skills. If your interests and prior experiences intersect with any aspect of this project, you should consider applying! A botanist would have support to learn about wildlife ecology, and vice versa. A geneticist would have support to learn about field research, and vice versa. An ecologist would have support to learn about data science, and vice versa. Initial inquiries from prospective students are very welcome.
Prospective students will find it helpful to review information about joining our lab as well as information about our graduate program. If you are still interested, please send the PI an email to introduce yourself! I encourage prospective students to get in touch early in the recruiting process so that we can discuss ways to strengthen your application and the suitability of fellowship programs that could help advance your career.
Update: the advertisement for this PhD position originally listed December 1st as the application deadline; this does not match the official graduate school deadline, will not be until January 7th. All applications received by the official graduate school deadline will be given full consideration.
***Update: this position is closed***
The lab is hiring a new research assistant! This is a unique opportunity to join a sharp, friendly, and collaborative group of researchers who are making a difference in molecular ecology. The position is perfect for a college graduate seeking lab experience and publication opportunities before graduate school. A brief description is below.
The lab of Dr. Tyler Kartzinel at Brown University (www.kartzinellab.com) is seeking a Research Assistant to support research on the diets, microbiomes, and metagenomes of wildlife. The Research Assistant will devote ~80% of their time to specific research projects and the remaining ~20% time to general maintenance and lab support. The Research Assistant will be welcomed as a full lab member and be expected to attend lab meetings and to contribute to a supportive and interactive lab atmosphere. The Research Assistant will interface with varied research facilities including the Brown University Genomics Facility, Brown University Herbarium, Brown Center for Animal Resources and Education and diverse collaborators on our NSF-funded projects around the world. This is a unique opportunity to become deeply involved in exciting research at the interface of ecology, genetics, and conservation. As such, it is well-suited for a college graduate seeking additional experience before graduate school.
The individual who fills the position will have opportunities to collaborate on important partnerships around the world. Please see our Research Page for examples of funded projects that are relevant to the position. Please see our People Page to get a sense for the diversity of collaborative research projects happening in the lab.
Find full details in the the official job description. This be available to everyone starting July 17th, 2021 on Brown's Career Site. Search for "REQ171870" to find the posting and apply! We plan to begin reviewing positions in July and hope to fill the position early in the fall of 2021, but we will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Please email the PI with any inquiries about the position.
Bianca Brown was featured as one of seven "exceptional alumni" profiled by the Brown Alumni Magazine in 2021. As quoted below, the article "Emerging Victorious" features seven of the many exemplary students who thrived and graduated despite the pandemic. It's a very fitting and well deserved highlight for Bianca, who we are incredibly proud to have had as the first PhD to fledge from the lab. Congratulations, Bianca, we can't wait to see all the good you do in your life and career!
Congratulations to Courtney Reed on winning the 2021 American Society of Mammalogist's James L. Patton Award. This prestigious award was presented today at the annual ASM conference, which was held online today. The support will enable Courtney to pursue exciting research on how gerbils evolved to be shaped in the diverse way that they are -- can't wait to see what she discovers!
Congratulations to Bianca for completing all requirements for her PhD yesterday! Bianca's dissertation was a pleasure to read and her presentation was full of stunning visuals. The work is going to change the way people think about the microbiome soon. After this, Bianca will start a prestigious NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Vanessa Ezenwa's lab at Yale!
I am very pleased and honored to know that the lab will be funded by an NSF CAREER Award (DEB-2046797). The award will support ongoing collaborations with Yellowstone National Park for the next five years! During this time we will use dietary DNA metabarcoding to analyze the diets and microbiomes of migratory large mammals and connect this information with what we learn from ecological field experiments to better understand plant-herbivore interactions in this amazing ecosystem. We are excited to support many, many students and early career researchers in the classroom, laboratory, and at Yellowstone in ways that foster growth and improve representation in the field. This award complements and extends what we hope to accomplish through our ongoing NSF EPCSCoR (OIA-2033823) award and increases our current level of NSF support to four active awards.
I will post information about the first new opportunities to join the lab and work on projects like this one over the course of this summer.