The Van Bael lab ( is seeking a prospective Ph.D. student to begin in the fall of 2020.  Research opportunities in the lab focus on coastal research along the Gulf of Mexico coast, investigating how plant-microbial interactions influence stress resilience of coastal communities.  Skills learned in the lab include culturing of bacteria and fungi, molecular techniques, high-throughput sequencing, and associated bioinformatics & analyses. Additional research opportunities may be available in tropical ecology. Please see information about our program below, and contact Sunshine Van Bael (

Opportunities for Ph.D. studies in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University.


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University ( in New Orleans encourages applications to our Ph.D. program. 


Our department houses a dynamic and collegial team of researchers, educators, and students. We have established research strengths in coastal and tropical systems, with interests that include animal behavior, community ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary biology, physiological ecology, population genetics and genomics, tropical ecology, and urban ecology. A high proportion of students have received competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation and other sources, with most students going on to high quality post-doctoral fellowships, faculty positions, and jobs in industry and governmental and non-governmental agencies.


We are committed to promoting diversity in STEM. The proportion of doctoral students from under-represented groups in STEM in our program far exceeds the national average, and we particularly welcome applications from members of groups that are traditionally under-represented in the field of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.