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SESYNC Invites Applications for the 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2017. Fellows will undertake research projects that use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and nature.

Metrics and Models of Community Phylogenetics

Community phylogenetics combines ideas from community ecology and evolutionary biology, using species’ phylogeny to explore the processes underlying ecological community assembly. Here we describe the development of the field’s comparative methods and their roots in conservation biology, biodiversity quantification, and macroevolution. Next, we review the multitude of community phylogenetic structure metrics and place each into one of four classes: shape, evenness, dispersion, and dissimilarity.

Video / Graphics Assistant Internship

SESYNC, a national research center funded through a grant to the University of Maryland, seeks to hire an undergraduate intern to work with its Communications Coordinator and IT department to produce educational and promotional materials for SESYNC.


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