I am currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher interested in working on the conservation genetics of the endangered Hines emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). Hines emerald dragonfly has been particularly impacted by urban development in its fen habitat in riparian areas near Chicago, IL. We are developing microsatellite markers to elucidate the population genetic structure of the dragonfly in disturbed areas in Illinois and relatively undisturbed areas in Wisconsin. We are also obtaining mtDNA sequences to be used in analyses at larger spatial scales. Because of its endangered status, we are further refining nondestructive means of obtaining samples from both adult and larval dragonflies. The genetics portion of the study is part of a larger effort to develop methods to monitor Hines populations and better understand its ecology. Additional work in my lab includes investigation of the population genetic structure of prairie dog fleas (Oropsylla spp.) in relation to the spread of sylvatic plague and the population genetic structure of the endangered Uncompahgre fritillary butterfly (Boloria acrocnema).
Minimum qualifications include: 1) Ph.D. in biology or related field, 2) experience in obtaining and analyzing microsatellite data, and 3) good written and oral communication skills. The position will remain open until filled.
Start date: August 1, 2008.
Position duration: 2 years.
Salary: $35,000/year and benefits.
Please send a cover letter outlining your interest in the project, a current c.v. and contact information for 3 professional references to:
Dr. Hugh Britten
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069