We are looking for one or two fabulous masters students to help us out on our baldcypress project. Here’s the full advertisement:

MS research opportunity in coastal plant-microbial ecology

The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master’s degree (non-thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology.  Selected master’s students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications. We welcome everyone, and we consciously  strive to make our lab inclusive to underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Read more about our lab’s research at: http://vanbaellab.wp.tulane.edu

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with ‘preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.’ Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.

The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August. Applications for starting in January will be accepted until November 1.


Please read more about the one year master’s program at:



For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at svanbael@tulane.edu. Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring.  No financial aid is available for this program.