Opportunities

Postdocs   Prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact me by email to discuss research interests and potential funding opportunities. Also please note the two fellowship opportunities offered by UNC to see if you qualify:

** SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship

** Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

Graduate Students   I may accept 1 new PhD student beginning in the Fall of 2017. If you are interested in joining the lab, send me an email with a description of your general research interests and ideas for potential projects. While I don't expect my graduate students to necessarily work on existing lab projects or with any particular taxonomic group, I do expect their interests to share significant conceptual overlap with my own. I am also looking to see that you have an understanding of some of the important, unanswered questions in ecology and that you can conceive of novel approaches for getting at those questions. Research in the lab is currently focused along three related lines. 1) Empirically testing the generality of a new biodiversity framework that integrates both local and regional influences across a wide range of taxonomic groups (birds, plants, insects, fish, plankton, etc). 2) Developing and exploring eco-evolutionary simulation models of diversification across the latitudinal gradient, and using these models to perform stronger tests of existing biodiversity theory. 3) Avian macroecology using big data, exploring how environmental constraints shape patterns of distribution, diversity, and migration timing at continental to global extents. The ideal candidate has previous research experience, demonstrated writing ability, and some programming experience (R, Matlab, Python). Students will ideally be supported on some combination of teaching and research assistantships contingent on lab funding. Applicants with strong research and academic records may be considered for a University fellowship, and of course you should already be considering an application for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

The deadline for application materials submitted to the graduate school is December 6, 2016. Information on applying is available here. However, prospective students should contact me well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications. In your contact email, please describe your GPA, GRE scores, previous research experience, current research interests, and how those interests relate to the Hurlbert Lab.

Undergraduate Students   We welcome undergraduates who are looking to gain research experience by volunteering, for credit (e.g., BIOL 395), or through workstudy positions. Please contact me by email and describe any relevant coursework or experience, and explain why you are interested in working in this lab.