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Postdoctoral Position: Evolutionary ecology of communities

I am seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join me in merging comparative phylogeography and geographical ecology to unravel the complex regional history of communities, via the evolution of species pools and historical constraints on community assembly. Research in my lab focuses on integrating comparative phylogeography with community and macroecology to investigate the role of dispersal in shaping large-scale biogeographical patterns and how communities respond to environmental change. Thus, I invite applications from scholars with a strong background in either geographical ecology or comparative phylogeography.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated, independent, and collaborative scientist with excellent communication and organizational skills. They will have a broad background in either community/macroecology or comparative phylogeography, and a demonstrated record in project design, data analysis and publication. Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including experience handling large geographical or genetic datasets, conducting spatial analyses, and fluency in R or other programming languages, are essential.  

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for an additional year contingent on performance and funding. A PhD is required by the start date for this position. Screening of candidates will begin 31 August 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Informal inquiries are welcome--please shoot me an email at kamarske (at)!

To read more about the position and to apply, please visit, click on External Applicants, and submit the following documents for job number 172353:

  • A cover letter, including a brief statement of research interests and motivation for joining the lab group; and

  • A Curriculum vitae, including publication list and contact information for 2-3 references.

Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply. 

I am recruiting graduate students for Fall 2018!  My work includes a blend of field and wet lab-based and data-oriented research, and I invite students with interests in either or both.  Past field work has centered around New Zealand, but in the next few years, we will establish a field program in Oklahoma, which has one of the steepest environmental gradients in the United States. You can find out more about the OU graduate program here. If this sounds interesting, please get in touch! 

I am also recruiting undergraduate students! If you are looking for research experience or a lab 'home' for your honors project, please reach out!

Geographical Ecology at OU: Geographical ecology is a significant core focus of the OU Department of Biology, where I am part of a GE cluster hire together with Dan Allen (stream and riparian ecology) and Katie Marshall (physiological ecology).  Members of my lab will have the opportunity to interact with these and other talented faculty, postdocs and students in the Geographical Ecology focus group and throughout the department, the Oklahoma Biological Survey, and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.  OU sits at the center of one of the steepest longitudinal precipitation gradients in North America, and we are well within reach of the Southern Plains, the deciduous forests of the Ouachitas and Ozarks, and the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. OU is also home to state-of-the-art climate and weather research, offering exciting opportunities for collaboration.