Join the lab!

The Wetzel Lab is always looking for motivated PhD and MS students, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate researchers. Please check out the research page for descriptions of some of the major projects happening in the lab. And please have a look at our publications to get an idea of the type of research we do. If our science interests you, please email me to start a conversation ( It would be ideal if you could provide the following:

  1. “Prospective student” or “Prospective postdoc” in email subject
  2. Brief description of research interests and career goals
  3. CV
  4. Sample of scientific writing (e.g., published paper, manuscript in preparation, thesis, paper from a class)
  5. Names and email addresses for 3 references
  6. Unofficial transcripts (not necessary for prospective postdocs)

I look forward to hearing from you!

In general, I am looking for people who love thinking deeply about the natural world, who love plants and insects, and who want to use science to make fundamental discoveries that are relevant for agricultural sustainability or responding to climate change. Most of the lab’s work has a strong quantitative component, so potential graduate students should either have skills in statistical and mathematical modeling or be motivated to learn them. I am primarily looking for students interested in working with me on the projects described on the research page. Because the projects are very broad, lab members will have the opportunity to develop their own research directions within the broader context. I am also, however, simply looking for the most exciting and enthusiastic scientists I can find, so I am very open to considering mentoring students or postdocs on completely new projects. My mentoring philosophy is to treat mentees as junior colleagues, whose future success is my goal. I also strive to mentor adaptively, being hands-on when a student needs and wants close guidance and being hands-off when a student needs space to think.

I take graduate students through both the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program and the Department of Entomology. This means students graduate with a dual degree in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior and Entomology.

Postdoc opportunities

We’re always on the look out for excellent people who are interested in applying for postdoctoral funding with us. Please email me if you’re interested (

Undergraduate research opportunities

The Wetzel Lab has opportunities for undergraduate students at Michigan State University. We are looking for students who are interested in the ecology of plants and insects and who want to get their hands dirty doing ecology in the lab, greenhouse, or field. I’m interested in students who want to participate in ongoing research projects. I am also interested in mentoring students on independent research projects. Usually the students I choose to mentor on independent projects have already spent some time working on ongoing projects. This allows them to get to know us and lets them get some research experience before starting their own intellectual adventure. Please explore the lab website and email me if you’re interested (


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