Pire Student Exchange Program - Ended in 2011

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The PIRE project supported opportunities for undergraduate students attending any of the collaborating universities to help with field collections of organisms, gathering ecological data in Patagonia, or conducting molecular genetic laboratory work. Five annual cohorts of U.S. undergraduate students received training in the U.S. and then spent up to a semester abroad conducting research in an international host laboratory.  The PIRE student exchange program ended in 2011.  However, several of the participating laboratories have ongoing opportunities for students to conduct research abroad.  If you are interested in conducting research abroad, please inquire directly with with one of the participating scientists.  

- New Program -

BYU International Biology Internships - Beginning Fall 2012

Brigham Young University will be launching a new international internship program in 2012 designed to provide BYU undergraduate students with semester-long study abroad research opportunities is a foreign laboratory.  Host laboratories will be found throughout the world.  A small cohort of students will be recruited in 2012 to participate in the pilot program, with a full launch planned for fall 2013.  Check back here for details on where internships will be available in 2012.  Students interested in the program can direct questions to Professor Jerald B. Johnson at jerry.johnson@byu.edu.

Mentored Research

If you are an undergraduate student interested in doing mentored research with one of the project's advisors, please contact them directly.  Several opportunities exist for motivated students with interests in evolution, ecology, and phylogeography.


PIRE Graduate Program - Ended in 2011

The PIRE program supported graduate student positions in phylogeography, systematics, and evolutionary ecology.  These positions were funded in part by NSF to pursue graduate work at both the Masters and Ph.D. levels with an emphasis on phylogeography in Patagonian systems.   These opportunities were part of a collaborative research study that includes colleagues from the U.S., Chile, Argentina, and Canada.

--- Recruiting New Graduate Students - Current Opportunities ---

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Opportunities currently exist at BYU for graduate research in several  areas of ecology and evolution, including many that build upon work completed as part of the PIRE project.  See our website for the range of current projects. Applications for graduate study beginning Fall semester 2012 are due by 31 January 2012. Interested students are encouraged to contact investigators much earlier, by September 2011 or thereafter, to begin dialogue regarding opportunities and the graduate program at Brigham Young University.

Faculty members at BYU with research related to the PIRE program can be reached at:


The evolutionary biology group at Brigham Young University has substantial depth in evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, molecular systematics, population genetics, phylogenetics, coevolution, computational biology, and molecular evolution. In addition to the faculty listed above, our group includes Byron Adams, Mark Belk, John Kauwe, Steve Peck, Russ Rader, Duke Rogers, Michael Whiting, and Clint Whipple, as well as a core of post docs, visiting faculty, and other graduate students. BYU is well equipped with a brand new experimental evolutionary ecology facility with environmental controlled rooms, modern microscopy, automated DNA sequencing, and computer cluster equipment for acquiring and analyzing large data sets. Construction is underway of a new state-of-the-art Biology Building, with completion planned for 2013.  Opportunities for interaction and potential collaboration on related projects among evolutionary biology faculty exist for post-docs and students alike.