Undergraduate Research Opportunities
If you are an undergraduate interested in conducting research in the lab, you should look through the research, people and publications pages to see whether your interests align with ongoing research projects in the lab. If so, please contact myself or other lab members (in summer or early fall quarter), as that is when we advertise volunteer research positions to undergraduate researchers (here, and in an email to the undergraduate biology listserv). Before contacting us, check out the lab website (people and research pages) to get a sense of the research you are particularly interested in. Heading off the mountain at the end of  a field dayBe aware that ecological research can take a lot of time, certainly no less than a quarter and generally at least 3 quarterss. Undergraduates assist myself, graduate students or postdocs for at least one quarter (~6-8 hours a week) before pursuing independent research projects. You may also want to check out research opportunites through the Biology department and the UW Mary Gates Endowment.

SUMMER FIELD INTERNSHIPS (2019): We are hiring 3-5 undergraduate interns for summer field work! Please see this flyer and this description of the position (logistics). If you are interested, please apply by March 20 (here). We will conduct interviews in early April, and the summer field season will start in mid June.

Graduate students
I take on graduate students with a broad interest in community ecology, with sufficiently similar interests to mine so that I feel qualified to advise them, who work well with others, and who have previous research experience. I provide graduate students in my lab with intellectual  guidance in 1) developing an interesting and important ecological research question, 2) executing the observations and experiments necessary to tackling that question, and 3) disseminating the results that research in the form of talks and papers. I expect graduate students who join my lab to strive to become creative and independent thinkers, to interact and collaborate within the lab, and to take an active role securing funding for their research projects.
Check the Biology website for information on our application deadline. I recommend that all eligible graduate school applicants apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship (deadline in late October). This grant provides three years of fellowship funding.

*****I am not recruiting any graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year*****

I am always happy to talk to prospective postdocs who have their own funding or wish to apply for joint funding (I do not currently have any empty postdoctoral positions). Please contact me with research ideas and potential funding sources if you fall into this category. Check out current NSF funding for postdoctoral research fellowships and the eScience postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington - which provides 2-year postdoctoral fellowships in interdisciplinary research in data sciences and in life sciences.

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Biology Department
University of Washington
Seattle WA, 98195-1800
jhrl@uw.edu, 206-543-7389