Postdoc in fungal ecology in Hawaii
7/12/2013 2:07 AM
A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab at the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii. The successful applicant will join a growing and dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago.
The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for carrying out a study whose goal is to determine how the mycophagous diet of a Federally endangered tree snail, Achatinella mustelina, covaries among populations and host plant species. The snail is one of several species within Achatinella comprising a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the island of Oahu. Additional background information is available on the Tree Snail Conservation Lab website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~trsnlab/index.html
Primary research objectives will be to analyze and synthesize for publication, a large Illumina amplicon dataset of fungi and bacteria from 150 host plant biofilm/snail feces pairs to infer diet dynamics from throughout the snail's natural and captive range. A secondary objective will be to isolate and identify fungal species from host trees to augment captive snail breeding programs.
The incumbent will work closely with fungal biologists, malocologist and with civilian US Army biologists who maintain snail conservation exclosures at field sites in the Waianae mountain range. Although both data and samples are in hand, the incumbent will have the opportunity to conduct additional fieldwork as needed.
The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for participating in the training and oversight of graduate and undergraduate students, publish manuscripts in a timely manner in peer-reviewed academic journals and work to disseminate data to conservation managers.
Please see the full job announcement for additional information and application instructions:
Assistant Professor of Botany
University of Hawaii
Department of Botany, 101 St. John
3190 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822