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graduate student position to work on Pacific island land snails

Susan Therese Meiers ST-Meiers at wiu.edu
Wed Dec 3 05:37:58 EST 2003

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To prospective graduate students.

We are looking to recruit a new graduate student to work in my lab at
the University of Hawaii on the systematics, phylogenetics and
biogeography of Pacific island succineid land snails. The project is
funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Marta deMaintenon is the

In order to apply, in the first instance you need to apply for admission
to the graduate program in the Department of Zoology at the University
of Hawaii: http://www.hawaii.edu/zoology/. Check the website for
admission requirements, and note especially the need to have not only
the general GREs but also the Biology subject GRE. If you are
interested, send me an e-mail with a cv and we can discuss it further.

The following is the formal announcement of the graduate assistantship
that would support the new graduate student for the initial 2 years.
Other funding will be sought in order to support the student beyond


University of Hawaii at Manoa

Center for Conservation Research and Training
Pacific Biomedical Research Center

Graduate Research Assistantship available

The Project
TITLE: Revision and phylogeographic analysis of Pacific island succineid
land snails
OBJECTIVES: The project will undertake a systematic revision of the
entire Pacific island succineid fauna (about 80 species). In addition,
the project will investigate the evolutionary and geographic origins and
diversification of the species and the routes via which, over
evolutionary time, they have colonized these myriad islands.
APPROACH: The project will use both traditional analysis of
morphological variation as well as modern DNA sequencing approaches and
analytical methodologies.

The GA will undertake a major part of the laboratory work, and may have
some opportunity to travel in the islands of the Pacific. Ideally,
he/she will develop his/her own dissertation research based on the
project and expanding it.

Minimum Qualifications
Classified full-time graduate student admitted to and enrolled in the MS
program in the Department of Zoology.  Experience in molecular genetics
(DNA sequencing).

Desirable Qualifications
Enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Zoology. Experience
with phylogenetic analysis. Experience with anatomical dissection and
characterization of mollusks.

Position Details
The position is funded by NSF through the Center for Conservation
Research and Training for a period of 2 years. The position is 0.50 FTE
(i.e., 20 hours per week) and will begin the fall semester of 2004
(probably 1 September 2004).

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Minimum

How to Apply
As soon as possible, submit (via e-mail) a cv and a message explaining
your interest to:
        Dr. Robert Cowie - cowie at hawaii.edu
        Phone:  (808) 956-4909

Continuous recruitment, applications will be reviewed beginning 1
December 2003 until the position is filled.

Dr. Robert H. Cowie
Center for Conservation Research and Training
University of Hawaii
3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 408
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Phone: (808) 956 4909
Fax: (808) 956 2647/9608

EECB: http://www.hawaii.edu/eecb/eecb_faculty/robertcowie.html
Samoan Snail Project: http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/PBS/samoasnail/
IUCN (Tentacle): http://www.hawaii.edu/ccrt/tentacle.html

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