Applications are invited from prospective graduate students with research interests in comparative muscle physiology, functional morphology, and/or biomechanics. Students would begin graduate work in August of 2009. The Higham lab uses a comparative approach (using lizards, fishes and birds) to explore a variety of questions related to locomotion and prey capture in vertebrates (see my web page for specific projects). All of this work is grounded in ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Opportunities exist for aquatic and terrestrial field work in a number of locations, including Dominica, Vancouver Island, and areas in the United States. However, field work is not limited to these places. Some techniques that are employed include sonomicrometry, electromyography, high-speed video, digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV), immunohistochemistry, and comparative phylogenetic methods. Students should be highly motivated and wish to pursue their own independent projects, although the projects should fall under the general themes of the lab. Support will be in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships.
Clemson University, located in beautiful upstate South Carolina, is close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The city of Clemson is a small college town (approximately 29,000 people with students) located on Lake Hartwell.
For more information, please visit my web page (http://www.clemson.edu/biosci/faculty/higham/) and contact me (Tim Higham) via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (864-656-7393). I would be delighted to chat about Clemson and/or research ideas.