Ph.D. student opportunity in eco-evo dynamics of range expansions – University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Williams Lab, Department of Geography & Biodiversity Research Centre

The Williams Lab at UBC is looking for a Ph.D. student to start in Fall 2020. Ongoing research includes projects on (1) eco-evolutionary dynamics of range expansions (including invasive species), (2) plant life history strategies in changing climates, and (3) variation in plant-herbivore interactions across space and time. We take a variety of approaches including experiments in the field and greenhouse and quantitative modeling. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research goals related to the broader lab objectives. I am particularly interested in prospective students who would like to use an empirical approach in the greenhouse or field to evaluate new theory about variability in range expansions.

Competitive applicants will have independent research experience; be motivated to develop or expand on their quantitative skills (statistical or modeling); and will bring curiosity and independence to their research. Ph.D. applicants should have or be working toward an M.Sc. (or have completed independent research that is moving toward publication) and a valid driver’s license.

Students in the group benefit from interacting both with a diverse group of geographers interested in the environment, and with ecologists and evolutionary biologists from across UBC, who are brought together by the Biodiversity Research Centre for classes, seminars and discussion groups. We have ties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and land managers at native prairie sites across the Pacific Northwest that can facilitate locating field sites and developing applied angles of research projects.

Applications for Ph.D. students in early January 2020, but I encourage interested students to contact me well beforehand. Please send an email ( including a brief statement that describes your research interests, past research experience, and why you are interested in this position, and attach your CV and an unofficial transcript.

Please see the lab website for more information: and find information about applying to UBC Geography here: All students admitted to Geography are guaranteed a stable minimum income that comes from a combination of teaching assistantships and UBC fellowships. Outstanding students will be competitive for a UBC Four Year Fellowship or UBC International Doctoral Fellowship and I would be happy to assist Canadian students with their NSERC applications.