Summer Internships in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Who is eligible: undergraduates and Master’s students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU).

Where: the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (, University of California, Irvine (UCI), California (

When: June 25th to August 18th, 2017

Application Process: complete the application which can be downloaded from this link (Word document application). Submit the completed application, a copy of your transcripts, and have one faculty member familiar with your work in science classes submit a reference to Laurence Mueller at, by 15 November 2016. All applicants will be given a final decision in early December. The program is particularly interested in students who are close to graduation and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.




Each Intern will choose to work with one of the UCI faculty members listed below. In addition to this faculty member the Intern will work closely with a graduate student from that UCI lab. Interns will work on a research project chosen in collaboration with their faculty mentor. Interns will give a presentation of the research at the end of the 8 week period. In addition Interns will take part in workshops organized by the UCI Graduate division in academic writing, GRE preparation, and academic career planning.

Each Intern will be placed in campus housing (Arroyo Vista, during the summer program. The housing units include a kitchen with refrigerators, stoves and microwaves.The program will pay for travel to and from California, housing, and will provide each Intern with a stipend of $4,000. Interns can get food from a super market or restaurant withing walking distance of their housing. Interns will be responsible for their own food which may run from $1,000-$1,500 for the eight week program.

Participating UCI Faculty

Steve Allison: Microbial enzymes, theoretical ecology, climate change and carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry (

Manny Azizi: Muscle Biology, locomotion, biomechanics (

Matthew Bracken: Causes and consequences of changes in marine biodiversity (

Adriana Briscoe: Molecular evolution, sensory physiology, color vision, color, behavior (

Brandon Gaut: Plant quantitative genomes (

Donovan German: Nutritional physiology, comparative physiology, global change, biogeochemistry (

Travis Huxman: Plant physiological ccology, plant ecology, desert biology, global change biology, ecohydrology, ecosystem ecology (

Tony Long: Quantitative and population genetics (

Adam Martiny: Microbiology, environmental genomics, oceanography (

Jennifer Martiny: Community ecology, microbial diversity, and global change biology (

Laurence Mueller: Evolution and demography, life-history evolution, experimental evolution (

Jose Ranz: Functional and comparative genomics, evolution of the expression network, speciation (

Ann Sakai: Evolutionary ecology, plant breeding systems, conservation and restoration biology (

Cascade Sorte: Ecology, climate change, species invasions, biogeography, marine biology (

Kathleen Treseder: Microbial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and global change (

Stephen Weller: Plant population biology and evolutionary genetics of plant reproductive systems (