I am keen to find students who are interested in gaining experience as a curator of a biodiversity research collection (Florida State University's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium; http://www.herbarium.bio.fsu.edu/) while working with me towards a graduate degree in plant diversity research (e.g., systematics, ecology, evolution, biogeography, or biodiversity informatics).
Staff members of the herbarium have played leadership roles in digitization of biodiversity specimens locally (e.g., with the Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging Project and a collaboration that led to digitization of Tall Timbers Research Station's biodiversity collections) and nationally (e.g., with Morphbank and iDigBio).
The herbarium curator is currently treated as a graduate research assistantship, and students have traditionally held the position for 1–3 years (see http://www.bio.fsu.edu/fin_sup_index.php for a description of financial support for our graduate students).
Individuals filling the curator position would not be expected to fill the position during their entire time as graduate students, but would be encouraged to gain teaching and lab/field research experience as well.
FSU has a strong ecology and evolution program (http://www.bio.fsu.edu/ and http://www.bio.fsu.edu/ee/index.html for more details), and the campus is situated in the beautiful Florida panhandle—one of the continent's biodiversity hotspots.
Applications are due on Dec. 15, 2012 (for details see http://www.bio.fsu.edu/gradadmit.php).
Interested individuals should also contact me directly (contact info in signature).
Director of the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium
Member of the Steering Committee of iDigBio, The National Resource for
Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections
Department of Biological Science
319 Stadium Drive
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295
Office: King Life Science Building, room 4065
Lab: King Life Science Building, rooms 4068 and 4084
Herbarium: Biological Science Unit One, room 100
Voice: 1 (850) 645-1500
Fax: 1 (850) 645-8447