Two graduate-level projects available starting in Fall 2021 are 1) an exploration of phylogenetics and origins of polyploidy in the genus Phlox via acquisition, alignment, and annotation of whole chloroplast sequences; and 2) researching the fitness costs of glyphosate resistance in Central Valley populations of hairy fleabane. The first project is bioinformatics-based; the second project is a large greenhouse common garden experiment, with a possible genetic component depending on the student’s interests. I am also open to discussing other potential research questions that fit into the broader lab systems!
Graduate student applicants should ideally have prior coursework and/or research experience in genetics and bioinformatics, as well as the same criteria listed for undergraduates. Graduate students are expected to work 10-20 hours a week during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. Support comes from TAships and tuition waivers for eligible students. If you are a domestic student who is considering applying, be sure to file the FAFSA that year, even if you are not eligible for federal aid.