Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral collaborator interested in developing a proposal for the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program under the 1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology or the 2) Research Using Biological Collections categories (NSF Submission Deadline: 6 November). We are specifically interested in teaming up with someone with a background in bioinformatics or image analyses to develop new technologies for automating the extraction of functional traits (e.g., body size and color) from digitized natural history collections. This work would include exciting collaborations with the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida and LepNet, a large national Lepidoptera digitization effort.

PhD and Master’s Positions

The Hulshof Lab is recruiting two PhD students and one MS student to begin Fall 2020. We study the causes of biodiversity in space and time especially as it relates to tropical and temperate mountain systems, community assembly and climate change.

One position will focus on plant taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity across elevational gradients in the eastern United States. Another position will emphasize forest dynamics across tropical montane forests in Costa Rica.

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions will advance a macroecological understanding of biodiversity across spatio-temporal scales.

Explore our webpage for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy. We are an international and diverse group and I strongly encourage women and other underrepresented groups to contact me to discuss potential ideas.

The Hulshof Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is located on the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Conservation International.

Students interested in the Master’s program in Biology should apply by 15 January. (

Students interested in the PhD program should apply to the Integrative Life Sciences Program by 10 January.

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof ( with a CV and cover letter to discuss the position before applying.