Posted by: Jeremy Fox | May 8, 2012

Three postdocs in quantitative plankton community ecology

Friends Of Oikos Blog (‘FOOBs’) Chris Klausmeier and Elena Litchman are looking for three postdocs; advert below. They are two of the best people in the world working at the interface of theory and experiment in community ecology, specifically plankton communities. So if that’s what you want to do, you should apply (heck, I’m thinking about applying…)


Three postdoctoral research positions are available in the labs of Elena Litchman and Chris Klausmeier to develop mathematical and statistical models in plankton ecology.

1) Modeling community dynamics in Lake Baikal and analyzing long-term plankton data (job #6136). Funded by NSF grant “Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Lake Baikal Responses to Global Change: The Role of Genetic, Functional and Taxonomic Diversity in the Plankton”

2) Using trait-based and community models to optimize algal biofuel polycultures (job #6137). Funded by NSF grant “Experimental and theoretical trait-based approaches to optimizing algal biofuel polycultures”

3) Investigating community dynamics in spatially and temporally varying environments (job #6138). Funded by NSF grant “CAREER: Modeling Complexity in Plankton Communities”.

Basic qualifications are a PhD in ecology, mathematics, or a related field, and a strong interest in quantitative ecology. Knowledge of phytoplankton ecology, limnology, or oceanography is a plus. Mathematical modeling expertise is required. The postdocs will be based at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station <>. Each position is for one year, with a possibility of renewal, given satisfactory performance.

To apply, search for the job numbers above at <>. Applications should include a cover letter describing your research interests and experience and your CV. Also, email the contact information of two references to Chris Klausmeier (

Review will begin June 1, 2012. For more information, visit <> or email Chris Klausmeier (

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