Parasitic Hymenoptera are among the most fascinating of all organsims. My research focuses on understanding the phylogenetic and evolutionary history of Hymenoptera (Insecta), with a focus on parasitoids. Parasitoids are among the most speciose, morphologically diverse, and biologically complex of all insects, and therefore offer an idyllic system for examining the patterns and processes of evolutionary change. Robust, corroborated phylogenies are a necessary first step for comparative evolutionary research, allowing examinations into complex evolutionary patterns of both genotype and phenotype. My research extends from pure systematics, uncovering the phylogenetic history among Hymenopteran taxa at multiple taxonomic levels, to comparative evolutionary studies of complex genetic, morphological, and biological traits based on these phylogenies.
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Although I am not currently accepting new graduate students for 2011/2012, I may looking for graduate students for the 2012/2013 year. I'm looking for graduate students with a background in one of the following:
- - taxonomy and evolution of Hymenoptera, particularly Ichneumonoidea.
- - Bioinformatics, with a focus on biodiversity informatics, or developing tools for studying molecular and/or genome evolution
- - Insect Phylogenomics using next-gen sequencing technologies
Unfortunately I cannot accept students in other subdiciplines of entomology at this time.
Applicants should send an email to Kathy Graham [kathy_graham AT umanitoba.ca] and [barb_sharanowski AT umanitoba.ca] simultaneously with the following documents: a CV outlining research experience with references included, a copy of current transcripts (covering at least the past 2 years), and a statement of research interests including why you want to join the Sharanowski Lab. Preference wil be given to Canadian students or landed immigrants.
Potential post-docs are also welcome to inquire about opportunities. At this time only students elgible for the NSERC Post-doctoral fellowship or students who can obtain their own funding will be considered
Undergraduates looking to get research experience in entomology with a focus on molecular systematics, taxonomy, or evolution of Hymenoptera are also encouraged to apply.