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    Subject: [ECOLOG-L] PhD or MS opportunity in population and community
    ecology

    M.S. or PhD opportunity for studies in population and community ecology at
    East Carolina University

     I invite applications from prospective MS and PhD students.  Research in my
    lab focuses on a variety of questions in conservation, population, and
    community ecology as well as the development of experimental and
    quantitative approaches that help to better link empirical data to
    ecological and evolutionary theory. In my research, I typically take a
    mechanistic approach aimed at understanding how variation in individual
    traits (e.g. size, stage and phenotype) scale up to influence population and
    community level processes and spatial coupling across ecosystems.
    Within this broader context, my research can be loosely categorized into
    five interrelated conceptual themes; 1) the ecological consequences of
    phenotypic plasticity, 2) body size dependence of ecological interactions,
    3) cross ecosystem links formed by the sequential process of complex life
    cycles, 4) understanding predator diversity effects, and 5) the development
    of innovative experimental and quantitative approaches. I work in a variety
    of systems including temperate, tropical, terrestrial, aquatic, and marine
    ecosystems.

    I will consider students with interests in a variety of topics and systems
    (including but not restricted to those in which I work) that address
    complementary questions in population and community ecology, climate change
    and conservation.

     For additional information about me, my research and the application
    process please visit:

    http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/mccoym/prospective-students/
    http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/McCoy_Michael.cfm

     About ECU

    East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of NC
    system and has an active and well-supported group of faculty working in the
    areas of ecology and evolution. Students accepted into the Interdisciplinary
    Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences will receive at least two years of
    support with no teaching obligations and at least five years of support
    total, at a very competitive level.  TA-ships are readily available in two
    MS programs and Biology faculty members also supervise students in ECU's
    Coastal Resource Management PhD program. Graduate students will be
    encouraged to participate in the newly formed North Carolina Center for
    Biodiversity (NCCB) at East Carolina University.  Goals of the NCCB include
    training graduate students in biodiversity research and providing them
    opportunities to participate in related outreach.

    Students enjoy living in the affordable community of Greenville, NC,
    participating in seminar series and journal clubs that feature research in
    ecology and evolution, and having access to several natural areas,
    universities and research centers located in central and eastern NC.
    Application deadlines vary with particular programs but applying early is
    recommended. Please visit http://www.ecu.edu/biology/ to find out more about
    the Biology department at ECU and graduate programs.
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