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The Who's and the What's

The Sukumaran Lab at San Diego State University is looking for PhD Students OR MSc Students to work on the development and application of computational methods for studying:

  • Speciation tempo and dynamics: modeling the transition from populations to species
  • Host-parasite co-evolutionaary phylogenetics, dynamics, and historical biogeography
  • Machine learning approaches for macroevolutionary analyses
  • Machine learning approaches for classifying wildlife activity patterns from biologging data
  • Spatial phylogeography of Californian spiders
Or: "Choose your own adventure"! Propose a research project of your own, and we can talk about how we can work together to make it happen. Topics include development and application of methods, models, statistics, and software for:
  • Macroevolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Speciation
  • Biogeography
  • Phylogeography
  • Bioinformatics
  • Evoinformatics
  • etc.
Work may be conceptually motivated or anchored to any system across the domains of life, from viruses to bacteria to eukaryotes, or purely theoretical.

Funding Available

These positions are funded: through teaching and graduate research assistantships, SDSU Evolutionary Biology PhD] students will receive a stipend and benefits, while SDSU Evolutionary Biology Master’s students will receive a stipend.

The Why's

My objective in taking on students is not only to help carry out exciting research at my lab, but also to help train the next generation of scientists. I want to help YOU develop YOUR research interests, skills, and strengths so that you can successfully build YOUR career as a scientist.


Then please send me an email describing your specific interests and background as well as a CV to:

More information about the programs are here:

while you can read about the sort of computational skills you will learn (among other skills) in my lab here.

Then Come to San Diego!

In addition to not just doing cool science, but becoming a cool scientist (who develops awesome new methods that other scientists will use to do their own science!), you will get to live in glorious sunny San Diego,

fifteen minutes from the majestic Pacific,

an hour from marvelous mountain forests,

and an hour and half from the magnificent Anzo-Borrego desert.

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