Postdoc positions for funded research projects in the lab will be advertised on our lab website (here), Twitter, and Ecolog. Individuals who have their own funding or are interested in pursuing funding together should contact me to discuss possibilities. I strongly encourage all postdoctoral researchers in the lab to apply for outside funding whether or not they receive support from me.

Graduate Students

I am interested in working with creative and motivated students who have had research experience in plant ecology and conservation. Prospective students should determine if their interests match well with those of the lab (see Publications and Research). They should then contact me via e-mail to determine whether I will be accepting students the following fall. In this e-mail, prospective students should include their undergraduate coursework and grades, a description of their research interests, whether they are interested in pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. degree, what questions they want to pursue as a graduate student, and why they want to work in the Damschen Lab. As with all members of the lab, I will provide support whenever possible, but I also expect students to apply for outside funding. I strongly encourage entering prospective students to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Undergraduate Students

Interested in paid research this coming summer? See our 2021 REU announcement for more information. Undergraduate students who are interested in ecology and conservation biology and whose interests match well with the Damschen Lab (see Publications and Research) should contact me to determine if there are opportunities to assist with research projects in the lab. Paid research technician positions are sometimes available. Many students also conduct independent research projects for course credit and/or honors theses. Obtaining research experience is invaluable for determining research interests and applying for graduate school. I also encourage undergraduates to seek outside funding, including from the following sources:

University of Wisconsin Undergraduate Research Opportunities

EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study