I believe that getting experience in the lab and field as an undergraduate is one of the most ideal ways to determine if science, particularly ecology, is going to excite you enough to want to pursue a career in this area. I got my first experience working in ecology as a participant in the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies. This experience opened my eyes to the benefits and excitement of doing hands-on research and I'd like to pass on my experience to people who are currently undergraduates. In my lab, we have opportunities for students to work as volunteers, work-study students or technicians. If you are interested in getting research experience in plant ecology, biogeochemistry and/or ecosystem ecology, I encourage you to contact me so we can set up a time to talk.
I am seeking graduate students to begin in the 2014/2015 academic year in the areas of biogeochemistry, forest ecology, global change biology and related fields. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with academic research and/or field experience in plant ecology, soil ecology, nutrient cycling or a related field. I encourage prospective students to contact me to discuss a potential graduate project and to set up an interview. The successful applicants will join a very broad and dynamic department and university.
We have many projects going on in the lab and need people to support the day-to-day management and implementation of our projects. Tasks include collection of plant materials, soil and water samples and conducting their chemical analyses in my lab. Laboratory instruments to be used include a gas chromatograph, carbon-nitrogen autoanalyzer, inorganic nutrient Autoanalyzer (Lachat) and an isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Other specific tasks include ordering supplies, keeping lab records, data entry and analysis, supervising students and other duties as assigned. Please contact me if you are interested in working in my lab.