The Short Lab at the University of Kansas is seeking a motivated graduate student (or two) to join our research group in the Fall of 2019.

The student(s) will be part of an NSF-funded study on the systematics and evolution of the beetle family Hydrophilidae. Funding in our department for PhD students is guaranteed for 5 years (MS for 2 years). The specific research project is flexible depending on the interests of the student. Examples include (not an exclusive list, and projects spanning both morphology and molecular data are particularly welcomed):

    1. Exploring patterns of habitat shifting or biogeography using phylogenies built with molecular or phylogenomic data
    2. Illuminating diverse lineages using integrative taxonomy
    3. Patterns of diversification in the Neotropics

KU has a vibrant, diverse program in evolutionary biology, with a particular strength in specimen-based research. Our Biodiversity Institute has 15 faculty-curators that study everything from birds to fossil plants.

Interested students should send an introductory email to Andrew Short (, along with a current CV and why our research group might be a good fit. Application information at requirements can be found on our department website, here:

Applications are due December 1!