Job opportunity available!  I am currently looking for someone to work on developing and analyzing evolutionary models of specialized and generalized forms of disease resistance for a new NIH-funded project “Resistance Variation to Endemic Disease.”  The goal of the project is to investigate to how standing variation in resistance to endemic pathogens can be used to predict the likelihood of disease transmission in new host-pathogen associations. The postdoc would work to develop general theoretical models that examine the co-evolutionary processes that give rise to resistance correlations between endemic and foreign pathogens and the ecological consequences of these correlations for the invasion of foreign pathogens. The project is in collaboration with Michael Hood’s lab at Amherst college. 


To apply please upload a cover letter, CV, and names and contacts for 3 references to  https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/80175

Email me directly with any queries!  ebruns@umd.edu


Graduate Students

I am looking for motivated graduate students interested in disease evolutionary-ecology with an enthusiasm for working with plants. I accept PhD students through the Behavior Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (BEES) graduate program at UMD.  If you are interested, send me an email with your research interests and a CV!!


Motivated undergraduates interested in ecology and evolution of plants and their pathogens are encouraged to reach out and learn about research opportunities.  For examples of past undergraduate projects check look here.  If you're interested in getting involved, please reach out and explain your specific interests in the lab.  

An updated note about COVID:  Opportunities for undergraduate research experiences in the lab are currently limited due to covid-related safety precautions and limits on the number of people in the lab.  However, this is an evolving situation:  if you are interested reach out and if we can't bring you in now, we might find a way in the (hopefully) near future!