Postdoctoral Researcher 2008

A postdoctoral position is available on a project examining evolutionary consequences of population fragmentation of Echinacea angustifolia (purple coneflower) in North American prairie. This study, now in its 12th year and funded by NSF's LTREB initiative, joins demography of remnant populations with quantitative genetic experiments in the field and with modeling efforts to shed light on the feedbacks between numerical dynamics and genetic dynamics of Echinacea, and on its interactions with insects. The postdoc will collaborate with Stuart Wagenius (Chicago Botanic Garden) and Ruth Shaw (University of Minnesota) on quantitative genetic and demographic studies of the fragmented population and will have the opportunity to participate in developing evolutionary models that incorporate our accumulating understanding of genetic and demographic processes within the study system. There is considerable potential for the postdoc to develop additional research projects pertinent to the overall goals of this study.

Geyer, C., S. Wagenius, and R.G. Shaw. 2007. Aster models for life history analysis. Biometrika 94: 415-426.

Wagenius, S., E. Lonsdorf, and C. Neuhauser. 2007. Patch aging and the S-Allee effect: breeding system effects on the demographic response of plants to habitat fragmentation. American Naturalist 169:383-397.

Wagenius, S. 2004. Style persistence, pollen limitation, and seed set in the common prairie plant Echinacea angustifolia (Asteraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 165:595-603.

Neuhauser, C., D. A. Andow, G. E. Heimpel, G. May, R. G. Shaw, and S. Wagenius. 2003. Community genetics: expanding the synthesis of ecology and genetics. Ecology 84:545-558.

Lopez, S., F. Rousset, F.H. Shaw, R.G. Shaw and O. Ronce. 2008. Migration load in plants: role of pollen and seed dispersal in heterogeneous landscapes. Journal of Evoluationary Biology. 21: 294-309.

The position, which could begin this summer, is available for two years, with possibility for renewal. The postdoc will be based in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, a stimulating and interactive community. Interested individuals may email Ruth Shaw or Stuart Wagenius to learn more about the project. We will both be at Evolution 2008 in Minneapolis, June 20-24 and would be glad to meet with interested individuals then.

Apply online to Requisition/Position Number 155009. Post a letter of interest describing research interests and experience, your CV, and names and contact information of three individuals willing to send letters of reference. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Staffanson Prairie Preserve 2007
Staffanson Prairie Preserve 2007.