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Interested in Ph.D. Research?

We are seeking two highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in the evolutionary ecology of bird-parasite systems. Projects in our lab focus on host specificity, speciation, anti-parasite adaptations of birds, adaptive radiation of parasites, and reciprocal selective effects between birds and their parasites. We are deeply interested in the relevance of basic research to conservation efforts. We have long-term field projects in the Galápagos Islands and in the Bahamas. We also have lab-based projects involving captive birds and parasites of various species. For more details concerning these projects see our lab website -here.

Former PhD. students from our lab have strong track records. They have obtained positions at academic institutions ranging from R1 universities to small colleges and industry. For a list of former students and where they are now see our lab website - here.

For information about the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah please visit We are located in Salt Lake City - one of the most desirable places to live in the United States (particularly if you like world class hiking/camping in warmer months, and world class skiing in colder months, see

Students interested in our lab should apply through the School of Biological Sciences grad program in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Admission requirements and applications are available - here.

We are very happy to chat with potential applicants by Skype. But please start with an email inquiry to one or both of us:

Dr. Dale H. Clayton (

Dr. Sarah E. Bush (


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