Prospective Graduate Students
The McLachlan Lab is looking for one or more PhD students interested in how rapid evolution in a coastal sedge species has affected the ecosystem dynamics of salt marshes. Differences in the phenotypes of plants recovered from seed banks dating back over 100 years are large enough to alter ecosystem properties like carbon sequestration and the stability of marsh surface elevation. Our lab uses Bayesian data assimilation to make joint inference about these changes based on field measurements, controlled experiments, and mechanistic models of ecosystem processes. The project is also associated with a large training exercise for undergraduate researchers. Applicants should have interest and proficiency in one or more of the following: ecological modeling; Bayesian statistics; plant growth & physiology; and/or undergraduate research training.
We are always looking for interested and motivated undergraduate students to work on independent and ongoing research projects in the lab. If you are interested, please email Jody Peters with a brief description of your background, goals, and any projects in the lab that interest you.
You can check out the work current undergraduates are doing in the lab on the People page.