PhD position: Evolutionary dynamics of ecological niches

A PhD student position is available in the lab of Heroen Verbruggen at the University of Melbourne to work on the evolution of ecological niches of marine algae.

You will study how ecological niches of marine algae change over evolutionary timescales and how the niche affinities of lineages influence their speciation-extinction dynamics. The project involves field work, DNA sequencing, molecular phylogenetics, ecological niche modeling and evolutionary modeling.

To be successful you will:

  • satisfy the requirements for a PhD degree at the University of Melbourne (
  • have experience in generating and managing DNA sequences
  • have a strong interest in evolutionary biology and mathematical modeling
  • evidence strong oral and written communication skills

To find out more, follow these links:

To apply, send your CV, a representative piece of English writing (e.g. MSc thesis), and the names and contact information of two or more references (at least one previous supervisor) to Informal enquiries are welcome.

This position is now filled.


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