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Welcome to the Christie Lab! We are actively seeking two graduate students to join the lab in 2020 (applications due December 7, 2019). If interested, please contact Mark Christie directly. Formal descriptions follow below:

Position 1: One PhD position is available in the Christie Lab at Purdue University for highly-motivated candidates interested in genetic adaptation, dispersal, conservation and population genetics.

Potential projects include: (1) Examining the rapid genetic adaptation of introduced fishes into the Great Lakes, (2) Identifying the genetic and evolutionary consequences of domestication, captive breeding, and supplementation of wild populations, and (3) Using existing and novel approaches to determine patterns of dispersal and gene flow within a metapopulation context. These are the main research themes in the Christie laboratory, and much research focuses on fishes, but graduate students are free to explore independent lines of inquiry in any system. Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, genetics, bioinformatics, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

Position 2: One PhD position is available in the Christie Lab at Purdue University to work on a recently-funded NSF project entitled, “Combined spatial and temporal analyses of population connectivity during a northern range expansion.” This multi-institution, collaborative project will use multiple genetic approaches (genomics; RNA-seq) to identify range-wide patterns of population connectivity in the Kellet’s Whelk (Kelletia kelletii) throughout California (see project abstract here ).

This position will be held in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, and the student will be advised by Dr. Mark Christie (http://christielab.bio.purdue.edu/). The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work closely with Drs. Crow White at Cal Poly (http://www.marine.calpoly.edu/faculty/crow-white) and Rob Toonen at the University of Hawai’i (http://tobolab.org/). Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, gene expression, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, a small midwestern college town with farmers markets, microbreweries, and affordable housing. Kayaking/canoeing in nearby rivers is especially fun and biodiversity surprisingly high ( > 200 native fish species). West Lafayette is within short driving distance to both Chicago and Indianapolis. Graduate stipends are highly competitive (~24k/year) and cost of living is low.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Formal applications are due December 7 and on-campus interviews typically occur at the end of January. The biology department no longer requires the GRE.

Highlights

Welcome to the Christie Lab! Our lab uses molecular and analytical tools to answer basic and applied questions in ecology, evolution, and genetics. Our research is grounded in population genetics theory and we combine theory with molecular tools to address issues facing the conservation and management of wild populations. We often use fishes as our study species such that our work has direct implications for fisheries management, hatchery operations, aquaculture, and the conservation of wild fish populations. Our primary research fits into the broad theme of rapid genetic adaptation. Specific research themes include: 1. rapid genetic adaptation to novel environments, 2. the evolution of resistance, and 3. the delineation of populations in high gene flow systems.

Below are figures highlighted from recent lab publications. Click on the figure to view the entire publication pdf.