Join us!

If your research interests align with ours please send me an email to introduce yourself, describe how our research interests overlap, and describe an example of a project that you would find exciting to pursue together.  Please also include a CV.

Applications for the PhD program are due by December 15, annually (see link below for more information).

Why Burlington, VT and UVM?

Burlington, Vermont consistently makes the national short lists for: “Best Place to Live,” “Best College Town,” “Best Place to Raise a Family,” “Best City for Foodies,” and even “Best Place to be a Hippy” – while Vermont is recognized as one of the “greenest,” “healthiest,” and “most peaceful” states in the nation.  UVM is likewise a vibrant and stimulating community.  One can find biology in all corners of the University, from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Gund Institute to the Medical School and many places in between, like our excellent Department of Biology.  We also have a vibrant group, the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology group, that meets to share ideas and build community among likeminded researchers across more than six departments.  The Department of Biology has a cohesive, bright, and very social and supportive group of ~30 graduate students

Postdoc funding opportunities


NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology – Broadening participation

For this fellowship, they define under-represented groups as, “Native Americans, including Alaskan Natives and Native Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Hispanics. Individuals with disabilities are also under represented.”

NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Broadening participation

For this fellowship, they define under-represented groups as, “veterans, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.”


We are always looking for highly motivated and dedicated undergraduates to join our research team.  If you are interested, please read and submit this online application. Please follow this up with a brief email to Dr. Pespeni with your resume and an introduction to your motivations!