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Experimental Genomics of Adaptation to Climate Change - Undergraduate Assistants Needed


The Powell lab in the Department of Biological Sciences is currently looking for new undergraduate research assistants for an NSF-funded project examining the evolutionary response of insect communities to climate change. We are seeking to assemble a team of students to work under the direction of our postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Alycia Lackey (, on a selection experiment designed to examine the population genomic response of pest insects to climate change. We are particularly interested in students who can start in January and potentially continue in the lab for multiple semesters of research experience. Research assistants on this project can help with
on-going work at the phenotypic and genomic levels, including monitoring experiments, processing frozen samples, insect husbandry, and preparing samples for genomic analysis. We are an integrative evolutionary biology lab, and other opportunities for these students to participate in lab, field, and computational work may arise after or alongside their work on this particular study.

Student researchers will start on a voluntary basis with the possibility of moving into research credit or paid positions if the student turns out to a be a good fit for the lab and demonstrates solid responsibility. The position is available in January through the summer of 2019 and may be ongoing. If you’d like to read more about the study system, you can search online for Rhagoletis pomonella flies (which are a text book case of evolution-in-action).

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Powell, Assistant Professor

Academic Department: Biological Sciences


Classification: Volunteer

Position Availability:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall


  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior

Appropriate Major(s):

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Anthropology

Minimum GPA (if applicable): 3.0

Pre-requisite coursework/experience: We are particularly interested in students with a strong academic background in the Evolution, Ecology, Genetics, or Organismal Biology, especially students who have taken (and performed well) in classes such as Mechanisms of Evolution, Ecology, Conservat

Application Deadline: 1/31/2019

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter describing your interest in the position and motivation for pursuing research in evolutionary biology along with your CV to

Last Updated: 12/12/18