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Schultz Research Group Conservation Biology



Dear Prospective Graduate Students,

 We seek a new PhD student  to join the lab to work on a project funded to advance conservation of western monarch butterfly.  Research is funded by a partnership of US Forest Service and Department of Defense.  New position will be part of a project team with collaborators at UC Davis, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and others. The positions require excellent field, leadership, and organizational skills and a strong interest in monarch or butterfly ecology and conservation. Position will start with 2024 field season (May or June 2024). Graduate student will formally matriculate into the graduate program in Fall 2024

We seek graduate students of diverse backgrounds as well as students who might be successful in applying for external fellowships such as NSF Graduate Fellowships. We recommend reviewing Ecology Society of America’s guide to graduate school as you navigate the process.

In the Conservation Biology Research Group, we use a population ecology lens to address the ecology of at-risk species and develop conservation and restoration responses to global change. Our work largely focuses on rare butterflies and their habitats in Pacific Northwest prairies as a model system to address broad ecological questions as well as advance conservation on-the-ground.

We expect independence and maturity from  graduate students along with an enthusiasm for their research.  We accept student who are capable of excellent graduate-level research, have a record of prior research experience, have strong quantitative skills and have excellent technical writing skills. Competitive applicants have a high GPAs, strong letters of recommendation, and a record of experience conducting ecological research.

If you are interested in this position, please send an email and include the following

–       A description of your academic and work background, with particular reference to past research experience

–       What types of research questions you would like to address in graduate school

–       Your future goals

–       Your current resume/CV

–       Transcripts and relevant coursework.

–       Anything else you think is important.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.  We highly encourage members of under-represented groups to reach out. Learn how to apply to graduate programs at WSU Vancouver.


Cheryl Schultz