Opportunities for students and postdocs

Interested in ecological research? Interested in how people are affecting ecosystems? If so, consider joining the lab.

Are you an undergraduate looking for experience, or interested in doing honors research?

I sometimes have openings for motivated undergraduates to conduct research in the lab. I can often accommodate students interested in conducting honors research. These students should contact me as early as possible so that we can develop a suitable project. I also sometimes can take on students looking to help with research on a volunteer basis or for credit, or to take on an independent project. If you are interested in working in the lab, please contact me and indicate your range of interests, relevant courses you have taken (or experience), and, if possible, provide me with the names and contact information for references, along with their relationship to you.

Are you considering graduate school?

I am interested in taking on additional graduate students. If you are looking for experience in the field of ecology and you think any of my research topics are interesting, please send me an email with information about yourself. If possible, include information on your interests, classes taken, grades, and GRE scores. My interests are broad, so projects on a wide variety of topics are possible. There are a variety of avenues through which prospective graduate students can apply to the lab at Purdue, such as through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Program. For most students, it would be wisest to discuss the range of options with me before applying. If you are an international student and you did not graduate from an English-speaking institution, you should apply to work with me only through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, unless your score on the TOEFL speaking test is 27 or higher. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including instrument facilities of all kinds on campus, properties and well-equipped field stations throughout Indiana, and good support for students. The Lafayette/West Lafayette area has a low cost of living and a high quality of life. It is also within about an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a rich community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, conducting research around the world. In Forestry and Natural Resources, the ecologists are listed together here. In Biological Sciences, they can be found here. More can be found in Agronomy, Entomology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and other departments. Purdue also has a terrific group of researchers working on many aspects of climate change.

Purdue has several competitive fellowships for students. These include several for students in underrepresented groups in the sciences, and I urge students in these groups to consider applying. To be eligible, prospective students should fill out the diversity essay when applying to Purdue. One of the fellowship opportunities is specific to Ecology and the Environment, and provides a great training program. Information on this program (the Purdue EEE-GAANN Fellowship Program) is available here.


Are you looking for a postdoctoral mentor?

I am interested in taking on postdoctoral researchers, but unless you see an advertisement on this page, I do not have funding for such a position. If you are interested in working in my lab and would like to develop a proposal for funding with me, or have plans to seek an external fellowship, please contact me by email. A variety of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities are posted here. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including instrument facilities of all kinds on campus, properties and well-equipped field stations throughout Indiana, and good support for postdocs. The Lafayette/West Lafayette area has a low cost of living and a high quality of life. It is also within about an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a rich community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, conducting research around the world. In Forestry and Natural Resources, the ecologists are listed together here. In Biological Sciences, they can be found here. More can be found in Agronomy, Entomology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and other departments. Purdue also has a terrific group of researchers working on many aspects of climate change.