Opportunities for Students and Postdocs


Two Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical & Statistical Ecology (Posted 12/6/16)

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Klausmeier-Litchman lab at Michigan State University. We are looking for quantitative ecologists to develop mathematical models and/or apply statistical tools to understand static and dynamic patterns of community structure. Experience with statistics and/or ecological modeling is required; knowledge of species abundance distributions, adaptive dynamics, trait-based approaches, metacommunities, variable environment theory, and Mathematica are beneficial.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should email a CV, a brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of two references to Christopher Klausmeier (klausme1@msu.edu). Review of applications will begin January 3, 2017 and continue until filled.

See preston.kbs.msu.edu and www.kbs.msu.edu for more info on the lab and KBS, and email if you have questions.

Graduate Students

There are openings for graduate students in both the Klausmeier and Litchman labs. Students enroll in either the Department of Plant Biology or the Department of Integrative Biology, and typically join the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. Students typically live on campus for the first year or two of their studies to take classes, then move to KBS for the remainder of their program.

We are looking for students with interests in understanding aquatic ecosystems and addressing fundamental ecological questions using plankton or other microbes as a model system. Students can work on an independent project or take charge of one of ours. Research interests of our lab members are very diverse and include trait-based approaches to community organization, game theory approaches to ecology, harmful algal blooms and global change, thermal niches of marine and freshwater phytoplankton, invasive microbes, size selection in bacteria and phytoplankton, among others.  Potential students could have an undergraduate training in biology/ecology or in mathematics/physics/computer science/engineering, with a desire to apply these quantitative skills to ecological questions.

If you have interest in doing your Ph.D. studies with us, contact us before December 1 to ensure adequate time for the application process. Late applications may be considered if possible.


Undergraduates at MSU or other institutions can contact us to arrange possible summer or school-year research in our labs.

Last updated: December 6, 2016