Opportunities in the AntLab

Natalie Clay

Our lab culture emphasizes hard work, broad reading, and rolicking lab meetings. We love field work, biodiversity, and long hours at the microscope sorting and identifying bugs. My goal is to make sure everybody contributes, everybody is heard, and everybody becomes a world authority on some fraction of Earth's ecology.

If you are interested in joining us as a Post Doc, Graduate Student, or Undergraduate assistant, contact me at mkaspari at ou.edu .


Brittany and OU Vehicle
  Post Docs

Our lab is one of the premier sites for the developing science of Geographical Ecology. We are exceptionally good at the macroecology, biogeography, and community ecology of invertebrates in brown food webs. We generate new theory, often deeply rooted in physiological principles, and test it. If this kind of broadly integrative training appeals to you, you may be a good fit for the AntLab. I am currently supporting one post doc on a MacroSystems grant, but am willing to support applications from U.S. and international funding agencies.

Yanoviak Weiser Green
  Graduate Students

My graduate students work on a variety of projects, but have all focused on insect ecology. I am especially interested in students keen on combining theory, lab studies, and field experiments toward addressing big questions. We currently have support from NSF and DOE GANN fellowships for exceptional candidates, and T.A. support as a fallback.

Jackson and Jelena BCI

The AntLab has a long history of an active group of undergraduates. If you are interested in bugs, or think you are, consider joining our lab as a sorter--learning the taxonomy and methods associated with a modern biodiversity lab. Many students go on to do undergraduate dissertations, carving out a question, and often going into the field (e.g., Panama and Costa Rica) to carry out their project.

Undergrads from on or off campus have opportunities for summer employment, traveling to our field sites in Panama and throughout North America.





Graduate Students

The EEB graduate program EEB graduate program at the University of Oklahoma combines the strengths of 35 faculty from the Zoology and Botany/Micro Departments as well as faculty from the Biological Survey, the Natural History Museum, and the Field Station. Teaching assistantships are available, and we help students develop their own funding.

If you are passionate about the biology of insect communities and want the time and resources to explore these interests, consider joining the AntLab as a graduate student. In the calendar year 2005 I am accepting applications from 1-2 students. Contact me for more details.


We are always looking for bright, motivated undergraduates to join us. If you go to school at OU, you can join us during the school year, helping us sort through the thousands of litter critters we collect every field season, and learn how a biodiversity lab works. Many students go on to do undergraduate dissertations, carving out a question, and often going into the field (e.g., Panama and Costa Rica) to carry out their project.

Students from other schools, as well as OU, can join us during the field season. Currently, we have research assistantships available in the 2003 field season (May-August) for our litter biology project.  These assistantships can include weekly stipends of $100-$300, room and board in Panama or Costa Rica, and airfare. They are competitive, so contact me for more details.

Author: Mike Kaspari
Last Updated: 12Dec2002:



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