Paleonet: Graduate student opportunities in paleoecology and taphonomy at the University of Missouri

Huntley, John huntleyj at
Tue Jan 3 18:55:36 GMT 2017

Dear colleagues,

Please share this call for applications with any students and colleagues that may be interested. Please reply (off list) directly to John Huntley and/or Jim Schiffbauer if you have any questions. Thank you!


John and Jim
John Warren Huntley
Assistant Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Missouri

Call for applications, Ph.D. and M.S. opportunities
Mizzou Paleobiology Group, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri

Highly motivated and academically strong graduate students are needed to work on two projects in paleoecology and taphonomy, with support anticipated to begin in Fall Semester 2017.

Specific projects focus on:

*       Elucidating the processes responsible for the coupling of increasing parasitic flatworm prevalence among bivalve hosts and sea level rise via diverse geological, paleontological, ecological, and geochemical techniques. For more information on this project, please contact Dr. John Warren Huntley at huntleyj at<mailto:huntleyj at>.

*       Multi-scale investigation of the Burgess Shale-type preservational pathway, including fossil and sedimentary geochemistry from four North American, Paleozoic Burgess-type localities, paired with experimental decay studies to place constraints on the tempo of soft-tissue decay. For more information on this project, please contact Dr. James D. Schiffbauer at schiffbauerj at<mailto:schiffbauerj at>.

Laboratory facilities at MU include a paleobiology lab with student computing stations and light microscopy; a sample preparation laboratory, with cutting and polishing supplies and equipment; isotope and trace metal geochemistry facilities; and a new scanning electron microscopy and microcomputed X-ray tomography facility currently being installed by Dr. Schiffbauer. Many additional facilities are available on the MU campus and at nearby institutions.

Applicants pursuing a Ph.D. will be encouraged to complete a Minor in College Teaching, which will provide excellent preparation for a future faculty position, and all graduate students will have plenty of opportunities for community outreach as related to the respective projects. Further details about the department and available facilities may be found at

Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in geology or a closely related field (such as biology, ecology, chemistry, anthropology/archaeology, and materials sciences). Previous laboratory experience would be helpful but is not essential. Details on graduate admissions and the online application process can be found at For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 31st, 2017, although late applications may be considered (please contact Drs. Huntley and Schiffbauer in this situation).

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