Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for two new graduate student positions to begin in Summer (ideally) or Fall 2015. We are looking for independent, self-motivated students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we seek to fill positions related to two projects:

1. The community ecology of disease: this project aims to understand how interactions among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites (predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).


2. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the project’s overall goals.


If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (

– Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores

– Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.

– Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.

– Post-graduate career plans.

– Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.

– Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).


For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab webpage For more general information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the departmental website