Opportunities to join the lab

Interested in ecological research? Interested in how people are affecting ecosystems? If so, consider joining the lab. We welcome new lab members from all races, ethnicities, and geographic regions; genders and sexual orientations; ages, religions, and economic backgrounds.

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

We have occasional openings for undergraduates to conduct research in the lab. Students interested in conducting honors research should contact me as early as possible so that we can develop a suitable project. Students looking for research credits through independent projects or assisting with ongoing research should contact me and provide information about their range of interests, relevant courses they have taken (or experience), and, if possible, the names and contact information for references. We also periodically hire undergraduate assistants, depending on project needs.

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, and grades. 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.


Are you looking for a postdoctoral mentor?

I am interested in taking on postdoctoral researchers. Unless you see an advertisement on this page, I do not have funding for a specific postdoctoral position. However, there are a variety of fellowships available through other organizations, and my department also supports "Purdue Postdoctoral Scholars in Natural Resources" through a competitive program. Applications are due in October. (This link is sometimes unavailable. As of 2020, there is a Scholar in my lab and I am only allowed to be associated with the one at a time, so this is not an option). 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.

Updated February 2021.