I am always looking for people who are willing to brave the mud, bugs, sun and ready for excellent ecology. Please see opportunities below. Before contacting me, please read look over the website to see if you are a good fit for the lab. If you think that you are, then please include your interests and a CV.

Undergraduate internships

I have had several undergraduates conduct undergraduate theses and summer research projects. I always welcome volunteers if you can dedicate at least 4 h a week. If you're looking for summer internships, consider the VIMS Research Experience for Undergraduates (applications typically due in February). If you have something else in mind, let's talk about it. 

Graduate students (Fall 2021 Update)

Do you love mud? Invertebrates? Ecology? Then this may be the place for you. See projects below. 

Can predators influence decomposition?

I am looking for one master's student for a project to look at the effect of fish (mummichogs) and shrimp predators on decomposition in salt marshes by controlling invertebrate populations. Think of this as a trophic cascade from fish to grass decomposition. It's okay if you've never been in a salt marsh or never met a mummichog. 

If you want to learn more about the ecosystem this project is based in, read Johnson 2011 (not needed to email about grad school). 

If you're interested, send me an email

-briefly telling me what kind of ecology you get excited about (it's okay if it's not specifically about this project)

-a CV (it's okay if you're experience is limited to working in retail)

-why you think you're a good fit for the lab.

-write "Butternut Crab" in the subject line

I respond best to thoughtful emails that demonstrate what you can contribute to the lab. Telling me that my lab would be a great experience for you is not going to cut it. (This is good advice in general, always let a potential supervisor/employer know what you can for them, not what they can do for you). If I don't email right away, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just busy. A follow-up email is okay. 

Besides funding from my lab, you can seek your own external funding such as from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship


At this time, I do not have opportunities for a post-doc. I am, however, happy to discuss mentorship of a project if you would like to apply to any of the following:


Perhaps you don't fit into any of the categories and you still want to chase crabs and mud. If so, shoot me an email.