Lab Holiday party! And celebrating the 100th birthday for Finland!

We celebrated Finland’s 100th birthday and the holidays with the McKay lab! Leena will sadly be leaving us soon.

IAEL lab members at the party (Front: Sean, Jorge, Chase, Kristian, and Leena; Back: Andrea, Yolanda, and Lance).

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Gund Institute Funded PhD Opportunitie

Gund Institute Funded PhD Opportunities


POSITION: The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting exceptional PhD students for Fall 2018 to conduct interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges as part of a competitive PhD Research Assistantship program. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work, but it must be related to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Students will be advised or co-advised by one or more of our Gund Institute Fellows.


The Gund Institute is a newly expanded campus-wide center for interdisciplinary research, where more than 100 faculty, global affiliates, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.


OFFER: Students will receive three full years of funding to be spent over four years. These funds cover an annual stipend of $27,000, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance. Students will work with home departments to augment this support with Teaching Assistantships or additional grants. Funded students may also apply for student enrichment funds to support conference participation and research costs.



  • Student must be starting year 1 of a PhD program
  • Competitive GPA and GRE scores
  • If applicable, minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Preference given to applicants who have not previously studied at UVM, and who already have a Master’s degree, but all qualified candidates will be considered.


APPLICATION: Interested candidates should:

  1. Contact potential advisors directly to discuss your interests. Identify a Gund Fellow who can serve as your advisor.
  2. Apply to the appropriate UVM college or school by its deadline (deadlines vary among schools). Indicate in your statement of purpose that you are applying for a Gund Institute Research Assistantship.
  3. Complete the separate Gund Institute Research Assistantship Application by February 1, 2018.


Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.


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New Ph. D. Program at UVM – QuEST

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On the importance of in situ studies for understanding crop diversification

Here is a new article published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, as part of the Special Issue: Ecology and Evolution of Plants under Domestication in the Neotropics/

Back to the Origin: In Situ Studies Are Needed to Understand Selection during Crop Diversification

“In situ ecological studies are an essential, but almost completely
unexplored line of inquiry for evolutionary ecologists to
understand the selective forces that contribute to local adaptation
of landrace varieties.”

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Welcome Jorge Ruiz Arocho and Leena Lindstrom!

We are excited to welcome new graduate student Jorge Ruiz Arocho to the lab! Jorge will be studying anthropogenic effects of crop domestication and cultivation on arthropod biodiversity in Mexico.

We are also pleased to host Prof. Leena Lindström, from the University of University of Jyväskylä, Finland this fall! Prof. Lindström is supported on a Fulbright Fellowship to study how sub-lethal doses of imidacloprid influence the evolution of insecticide resistance in Colorado potato beetle.

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