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A perfect place for a lab meeting – Lab hike and meeting – Avery Peak, 12,700 ft. Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, Gothic Colorado June 2015 (Photo Ben Blonder)

NEW Positions –

(1) The Enquist lab is looking for a new postdoctoral position to start spring 2017

Postdoctoral Position – The College of Science at the University of Arizona is seeking to fill a position in trait-based ecology, ecophysiology, and remote sensing. This postdoc will be based in the Enquist lab at the University of Arizona but will primarily work closely with an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic Colorado. This position will be filled by February 2017 and is funded by the Department of Energy via a collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

(2) Informatics and database programmers – we are looking to fill a position(s) in ecoinformatics, computation, and database management to start spring 2017. If you are interested please contact Brian J. Enquist.

(3) I have funding to help support creative students and collaborators. Currently the lab’s research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, and various other grants for specific field, informatics, and large scale ecology work.

Graduate Students – I am especially interested in supporting students interested in: (1) plant eco-physiology and ecosystem flux work associated with either the
elevational transect of plant communities near the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic Colorado and/or at our long-term plot in Guanacaste Costa Rica and our more recent field work in Peru ; (2) helping to extend and develop novel theoretical and quantitative contributions to allometric/metabolic scaling theory, trait-based ecology, and plant form and function; and (3) Macroecology and large-scale ecology


Post-Doctoral Positions – I have openings for at least one post-doctoral positions starting Fall 2017. See the lab blog page for more information.  Also, I actively work with students to write grants to support your time in the lab. If you are interested in completing a post-doc in the lab in areas such as scaling, ecoinformatics, tropical 1400-tuscon-az-snow.imgcache.rev1414084745205.web.1400.720forest eco
logy, macroecology, allometry, or ecophysiology please contact me and lets talk.

Undergraduate Students – We are openly seeking sincere and enthusiastic students who would like to learn research, gain experience or see what it is like to be in graduate school. There are several opportunities for undergraduate students in the lab. We can easily give research credit for help or work done in the lab. We are al6296-tucson-modern-streetcar-program-management-7999so keen in helping students form independent honor thesis projects. In addition, we often hire students during the summer for Research Experie
nce for Undergraduate (REU) positions helping us with field work. We welcome all undergraduate inquires into how they can work within the lab.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact me.


View from the University of Arizona GeoScience building – showing an amazing evening storm brewing over the Catalina Mountain’s that border Tucson.

Tucson Downtown skyline w/ the Santa Catalina mountain range and clouds in the background

Tucson Downtown skyline w/ the Santa Catalina mountain range and clouds in the background

Philosophy – Science is fun, creative, and powerful   . . .  For students entering my lab, attitude, sincerity, and commitment are at least as important as grades and experience. I place a premium on intellectual creativity, the desire to learn, an enthusiasm for the natural world, hard work, and the desire to take on big important problems.  I am especially looking for students who can collaborate with my lab group.  My lab is interested in students who are excited about ecology, evolution, natural history, the scientific method, and in making an impact on science and society. While I do have funding opportunities to support promising students I expect graduate students to also help the greater cause by learning to write grants and seek external funding for their work, and publish their research in refereed journals. I am interested in working closely with you, teaching you the tricks of the trade, and helping you to develop independently as a scientist. If this sounds like you, please contact me about openings in my lab.

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Dr. Brian J. Enquist
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Telephone: (520) 626-3329
E-mail: benquist (at) email ( dot) arizona ( dot) edu.
Office location: 422 BioSciences West