Paleonet: PhD opportunities in Conservation Paleobiology, Historical Ecology, and Taphonomy at Oregon State University

Rebecca Terry rebecca.terry at
Mon Nov 12 18:19:21 GMT 2012

PhD opportunities in Conservation Paleobiology, Historical Ecology, and Taphonomy at Oregon State University

Are you interested in questions relating to conservation paleobiology, historical ecology, or the taphonomy of terrestrial vertebrates?  Are you independent, highly motivated, and  already have some research experience under your belt?

Current research in our lab is examining the effects of climate change and anthropogenic impacts on prehistoric and historic small mammal community structure, temporal variation in small mammal dietary niches reconstructed using isotopes, and the taphonomy of raptor midden assemblages.  We address these topics using a combination of field surveys, museum records, and laboratory-based analyses. In addition to ongoing research in the Great Basin, future work will be focused in the Pacific Northwest, though students will be free to work in whatever system is best suited to answering their questions. More information can be found at:

Oregon State University is a Land, Sea, Space, and Sun Grant University recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence in ecology and the geosciences.  Details about the PhD program in the Department of Zoology, student support, and the application process can be found at:  Located in the Willamette Valley, members of the OSU community enjoy the high quality of life and beautiful natural surroundings the region provides, from the coast to the Cascades.

Interested individuals should email me, Rebecca Terry, at rebecca.terry at  Please attach a single pdf document that includes a brief description of your research interests and why you would like to join the lab, a CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references.  Note that your formal application for Fall 2013 admission must go to OSU’s PhD program by December 15th.

Rebecca Terry
Assistant Professor
Department of Zoology
3029 Cordley Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97331
ph: 541.737.3723
email: rebecca.terry at

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