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All people are welcome in our lab. People who identify with marginalized or underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Direct questions to Forest Isbell: [email protected]

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Prospective postdocs

  • In fall 2022, I will recruit two postdocs: (1) NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet postdoc position and (2) MnDRIVE Environment postdoc position. More information coming soon!
  • Prospective postdocs with funding and with sufficient overlap in research interests are always welcome to apply. Please also feel free to contact me if you would like to pursue other funding opportunities such as the UMN President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (this program seeks to diversify the people and perspectives at UMN), NSF's Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology, The Nature Conservancy's NatureNet Science Fellows Program, the Smith Fellows Program, or other similar programs that support postdocs. After reading some of my publications and my expectations below, please email me a brief cover letter describing your research questions or topics of interest, your CV, and 1 or 2 of your publications.

Prospective grad students

  • In fall 2022, I will recruit one new PhD student, to begin during fall 2023. Our EEB graduate program guarantees five years of support for all students admitted. Typically, students have a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Currently, I have multiple NSF grants with support for graduate students. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for Fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
  • Prospective graduate students with sufficient overlap in research interests are welcome to apply. Prospective graduate students should see the EEB graduate program website here, read some of my publications, and read my expectations below. If after reading this information you feel that we have sufficient overlap in research interests, please email me a brief cover letter describing your research questions or topics of interest and your CV. I am most interested in your passion for science and nature, your distance traveled (i.e., how you have navigated challenges), and your demonstrated commitment to service, including your contributions (either through your identity or your efforts) to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The EEB graduate program does not require GRE scores and waives application fees for SACNAS members.

Prospective undergrad students

  • Each summer, we hire a team of undergraduate students to work on many of our field research projects at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, which is located about an hour north of the Twin Cities. We advertise these positions in the winter and hire in the spring.
  • Prospective undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota, please learn more about undergraduate research opportunities here. Prospective undergraduate students from other institutions, please also feel welcome to apply. Each summer, we hire students from many institutions. Email me a brief cover letter describing your interests and your resume. In your cover letter, please comment on your passion for science and nature, your distance traveled (i.e., how you have navigated challenges), and your demonstrated commitment to service, including your contributions (either through your identity or your efforts) to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.