Ph.D. students needed for ecological and evolutionary plant physiology

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Fairchild Botanical Gardens

Adam Roddy, biological sciences professor is seeking Ph.D. students to join his new lab at FIU in ecological and evolutionary plant physiology.

Students are encouraged and supported to develop their own projects under these broad categories. Current and ongoing projects in the lab include 1) the effects of genome size-cell size allometry on plant structure, function and evolution; 2) the physiological dimensions of floral evolution; and 3) speciation of the desert genus Encelia (Asteraceae).

Recent funding will support work on the development and evolution of the mesophyll tissue in flowers, using 3D imaging and physical modeling. Active collaborations with evolutionary genomicists and soft matter physicists provide ample opportunities for novel, interdisciplinary work.

Incumbents will be part of a growing plant science community associated with the International Center for Tropical Botany at The Kampong, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Furthermore, the diverse living collections in Miami (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center) provide a plethora of opportunities for comparative studies of tropical and subtropical plants, in addition to the diversity of ecosystems available in south Florida.

Further details about recent publications and ongoing work can be found here.

Interested applications should send a brief description of potential research interests and a resume or CV to