Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

Graduate Openings in Temperate and Tropical Forest Ecology 

The Swenson Lab (www.swensonlab.com) at the University of Notre Dame is searching for 2-3 new graduate students to begin in the fall of 2024. We are particularly interested in recruiting students interested in the structure and dynamics of tree populations and communities in the temperate zone and/or tropics. Students in the lab take integrating approaches that typically leverage information regarding the functional biology of trees to address fundamental questions in population and community ecology. We are interested in recruiting students in any area of forest ecology and especially students with an interest in the functional biology of seasonal temperate and tropical forests, forest dynamics across latitude and/or the quantification of forest functional diversity using trait, transcriptomic and/or hyperspectral data. 
 
Applicants should have previous ecological research experience, a desire to integrate across fields and an interest in working as a part of a diverse team. Students with experience working in Puerto Rico and/or Costa Rica are particularly encouraged to apply as are those that are proficient in Spanish.  
 
Additional graduate fellowship funding is available at Notre Dame upon a competitive basis to students of Puerto Rican descent.  
 
Interested applicants should contact Nate Swenson (nswenson@nd.edu) with a CV and a brief description of their interests.  
 
The Swenson Lab is housed in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame (https://biology.nd.edu). Answers to FAQs regarding the Department and graduate program can be found at: https://biology.nd.edu/graduate/application-faqs/