Agency/Location – Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, TX
Responsibilities – A PhD assistantship position is available under the advisement of Dr. Barnabas Daru in the direction of Marine Biology. The successful applicant will be working on projects in the Marine Biology program and has a chance to study the use of herbarium specimens as sources of big data for understanding the distributions and diversity of marine plant microbiomes. The project includes the use of pressed herbarium specimens of marine plants (seagrasses and mangroves) as sources of big data by analyzing the diversity of microbiomes, with the aim of understanding how climate change and urbanization have affected the microbiomes of marine plant species along coasts and estuaries of North America spanning the past 120 years. Student will obtain Ph.D. degree through the Marine Biology Program, an interdisciplinary degree program combining the strengths of three universities within the Texas A&M University (TAMU) System; TAMU-Corpus Christi, TAMU-Galveston, and TAMU-College Station.
(1) B.S. or M.S. in biological sciences, botany, environmental science, marine science, microbiology or related field.
(2) Basic knowledge in plant biology, molecular biology, and microbiology. Experience/knowledge with herbarium specimens, DNA extraction and bioinformatics is a plus.
(3) GPA >=3.0.
(4) >1100 (or >310 in new scoring system) on the verbal and quantitative sections and >3.5 in analytical writing of the GRE.
Closing Date – Applications will be considered until candidate is selected
Contact – Send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores to: Dr. Barnabas Daru, through email: [hidden email]