Be at the forefront of conservation genetics
Invasive species are one of the most serious challenges facing conservation biologists today. China and the U.S. have been exchanging species for hundreds of years, but our globalized economy is putting new pressure on ecosystems in both parts of the world. Graduate training in conservation genetics will provide you a powerful tool in meeting that challenge. The University of Georgia has a broad range of faculty interested in studying invasive species and we invite you to consider UGA as the place to pursue your doctoral education.
Training ProgramSince our goal is to have a career-long commitment to working in collaboration with Chinese colleagues, we will expect graduate students to engage in intensive language training. We also have a sequence of courses in genetics, evolutionary biology and ecology that all students must complete.
To provide some vertical integration, graduate students supported by the PIRE will serve as teaching assistants in the UGA course on the genetics of invasiveness and in the field course in China. The goal is not only to introduce graduate students to the biological communities of China, but to make them comfortable with the language, culture, and colleagues in China. This should help ensure long-term scientific collaborations.
Graduate students will rotate in the lab of one or more of our partner senior personnel. While in China, graduate students will have Chinese graduate student partners and will be assigned language tutors. The students will be enrolled in the Ph.D. program at UGA, and the dissertation research topic will focus in a research area that involves species in both their native and introduced habitats. The major professor will be drawn from the grant senior personnel and all students will have at least one of the Chinese senior personnel serve on the student's dissertation committee. That Chinese committee member will participate in annual meetings via video link (which will require some early morning/late evening meetings).