Joining the lab


Undergraduate Students

There are many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the lab. We have opportunities for working with experiments in the lab, greenhouse, and the field. We also have opportunities for theoretical projects if you are interested in working with mathematical or simulations models. Some of these projects may be of interest to computer science, mathematics, or engineering majors. You do not have to be in biology to work in the lab! 

If you are interested, send an email with the research you are interested in and what you would like to get out of the experience.  


Graduate Students

I am currently seeking enthusiatic Ph.D. students to join the lab. Students who are motivated to drive their own research questions are encouraged. The lab group works broadly on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to major patterns in plant ecology through both theoretical and empirical studies. For examples check out the research page. Interested students should contact me at to start a conversation.
Formal applications will be submitted through the UT Austin Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior or Plant Biology graduate programs. Both programs provide excellent support, are well-respected, and offer an impressive group of fellow grad students. Applications are due December 1, 2019. 


Motivated researchers with an interest in the lab are always welcome to inquire about postdoc positions. Depending on your interests, their may be funds to support your work in the lab. 

Current opportunites: 

Post-doctoral research opportunity in the ecohydrology of plants rooted in bedrock (due Feb. 29th, 2020)

With funding from the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute, we announce a position for a postdoctoral researcher to work with our integrative team to study ecohydrology in rocky ecosystems. The work will involve a combination of ecological and hydrologic data analysis, theory, and simulations and could include geospatial analysis and fieldwork in the Texas hill country. Candidates with a history of working across fields of ecology and hydrology are particularly encouraged. However, a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is all that is required. 

The postdoc will have the opportunity to collaborate with several faculty members at the University of Texas involved in this project: Caroline Farrior (co-lead PI), Daniella Rempe (co-lead PI), Amelia Wolf (co-PI), Tim Keitt (co-PI), and Ashley Matheny (co-PI).  

To apply, please compile a single PDF with the following: a (1-2page) research statement including research accomplishments, motivation for this position, and future research interests; a CV; and the contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on February 29 and occur on a rolling basis. Direct applications to

We embrace and encourage diversity in many forms and are committed to inclusivity among our community members, including all students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. We define diversity as people of different backgrounds, races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, beliefs, religions, socio-economic statuses, parental status, and more, and inclusivity as an approach where we respect, welcome, encourage, and engage diverse perspectives. Our strength and success as a research group, departments, and a university are built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program (Due March 2, 2020)

Other funding opportunities:

CONTEX Fellowship for Mexican Citizens,
   Fellowships for physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists or engineers interested in transitioning into biology.
McDonnell Foundation (complexity sciene)
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