Graduate Student Opening in the White Lab

The White Lab at Utah State University has an opening for a graduate student with interests in Macroecology, Community Ecology, or Ecological Theory/Modeling.

Active areas of research in the White lab include broad scale patterns related to biodiversity, abundance and body size, ecological dynamics, and the use of sensor networks for studying ecological systems. We use computational, mathematical, and advanced statistical methods in much of our work, so students with an interest in these kinds of methods are encouraged to apply. Background in these quantitative techniques is not necessary, only an interest in learning and applying them. While students interested in one of the general areas listed above are preferred, students are encouraged to develop their own research projects related to their interests. The White Lab is part of an interdisciplinary ecology research group ( whose goal is to facilitate the broad training of ecologists in areas from field work to quantitative methods. Students with broad interests are jointly trained in an interdisciplinary setting. We are looking for students who want a supportive environment in which to pursue their own ideas. Graduate students are funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Students interested in pursuing a PhD are preferred. Utah State University has an excellent graduate program in ecology with over 50 faculty and 80+ graduate students across campus affiliated with the USU Ecology Center (

Interested students should read the Joining the Lab page and contact me at


Weecology is founded on the belief that better communication and collaboration between empirical and quantitative scientists is necessary for tackling many of the big scientific challenges in ecology. Weecology was created by the Ernest Lab (a more field-oriented group) and the White Lab (a more quantitatively oriented group) as a mechanism for facilitating interdisciplinary ecological research integrating empirical and quantitative approaches and for training the next generation of scientists (our students) to work collaboratively. The purpose of weecology is to facilitate collaborative research - both within weecology and between weecology members and other scientists - through a variety of mechanisms including shared resources, expertise, and web-based collaborative tools. Our hope is to teach students (and ourselves) to collaborate and communicate across disciplinary divides and generate higher-quality novel research as a result.

About Utah State University and Logan

Utah State University

  • Founded in 1888, USU is the oldest and largest public residential campus in Utah.
  • The university enrolls approximately 14,500 undergraduates and 1700 graduate students on its main campus in Logan.
  • The state-of-the-art Merrill-Cazier Library opened in 2005.
  • USU has a NSF-ADVANCE gender equity program committed to increasing diversity among all participants in university life.

Logan, Utah

  • Logan is the population center of beautiful Cache Valley (population 100,000+).
  • The Cache National Forest and the scenic Logan River Canyon provide unlimited outdoor recreation year-round, including an excellent ski resort 40 minutes away ($240/yr annual pass).
  • Logan is a short trip from the most scenic National Parks in the nation including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
  • Logan is 80 miles from Salt Lake City - which has a green environmental program is among the most comprehensive in the nation.
  • Cache Valley has free public transportation and a curb-side recycling program.
  • Housing costs in Cache Valley are low- median rentals are ca. $450/month.
  • The Caffé Ibis has been roasting triple-certified coffee in Logan for over 20 years.
  • Logan has diverse cultural opportunities including the Utah Festival Opera, Chamber Music Society, and Bridger Folk Music Society.
  • Cost of living is low – Tuesday nights the White Owl serves a burger and a beer for $6. You can still go to the movies for under $10 in Logan (including drinks and popcorn).