The science of ecology is about solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. More than ever, this requires a breadth of perspectives from a workforce that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of society. The Fridley Lab supports efforts that broaden participation in ecology and the field sciences. We strive to do better in recruiting and nurturing underrepresented scientists; we value above all an inclusive workplace free of discrimination; and we support the fight for social and environmental justice.

The lab of Jason Fridley at Clemson University is recruiting new PhD and MS students for Fall 2023 admission into the Biological Sciences Graduate Program. Research in the Fridley Lab focuses on plant functional ecology, with expertise in species invasions, forest ecology, climate change, and tree ecophysiology. Opportunities are available for fieldwork internationally, as well as new projects that take advantage of collections at the on-campus South Carolina Botanical Garden or the surrounding 7000-hectare Clemson Experimental Forest.

Qualifications: Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or related field. Strong written and oral communication skills in English, with experience or desire to learn statistical modeling.

Salary: $26,000

Start Date: 08/15/2023

Application instructions: Research assistantship support is available for PhD applicants; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed for all graduate students pending satisfactory degree progress. Full applications are due by Dec 1; there is no admission fee or GRE requirement. Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV and statement of interest before applying to

Last Date to Apply: 12/01/2022

Details about the program, the university, and life in Clemson are found in the Department Graduate Student Guide.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Forest Dynamics and Global Change:

The Fridley Lab at Clemson University is seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in forest ecology and statistical modeling to help lead a suite of projects at the interface of tree physiology and demography. The successful applicant will apply new theory on whole-plant carbon dynamics to develop models that integrate tree responses to climate and biotic interactions, using longitudinal datasets from the U.S. and Europe.

Specific projects could include 1) comparison of individual-based forest models (e.g., SORTIE) in the Eastern and Western U.S. in the context of varying roles of climate, fire, pests, and regional diversity (in collaboration with the University of Denver); 2) analysis of long-term vegetation trends in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (USA) with respect to climatic and biotic factors; and 3) comparative demographic analysis of woody forest invaders in their home and away ranges in France and the U.S. (in collaboration with the Université de Picardie Jules Verne).

Funding is available for two years with annual reappointment, with the potential for extension pending additional grant support. Start date is flexible and could begin as early as December 1, 2022. To apply, visit

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