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Find out more about the people who make up the Shade Lab Team at MSU.


Join Our Team

We are always excited to welcome new members who are passionate about microbial ecology and evolution, and who share our values of scientific integrity, teamwork and inclusion. Please see the information listed below. 


Graduate students 


Post-doctoral scholars 

  • We publicly advertise open post-doc positions and hire through Michigan State's Careers @ MSU.  In addition, open post-doctoral positions will be advertised on Twitter (@ashley17061, #ShadeLab), on our news blog, and via our scientific network.
  • If you have your own research funding and an idea for a new project, please contact Ashley with your CV and a statement of research interests.
  • If you wish to write a fellowship application with Ashley as a sponsor, please contact her with your CV, statement of research interests, and brief description of your proposal plan and target funding program(s).

Teaching fellows 

  • We are happy to mentor graduate or post-doctoral teaching fellows in teaching-as-research (aka scientific teaching) projects to improve or implement active learning activities in Ashley's MMG 425 Microbial Ecology class. 
  • The FAST program and NatSci Certificate in Teaching College Science and Mathematics offers coursework and training to prepare for mentored teaching-as-research experiences.

Visiting scholars 

  • We welcome and encourage visiting scholars, especially international scholars and sabbatical guests.  We believe that our diverse experiences strengthen our team and our approach to science, and we promote open science and support democratic access to science resources. 
  • We are happy to write letters of support for fellowships, travel awards, sabbatical applications and collaborative research proposals that include visits to ShadeLab and Michigan State.  We do not often have funding to support such endeavors, so it is key for the visitor to have ideas or mechanisms to support their personal expenses (including travel, lodging, health expenses/insurance, meals) and their research expenses if they desire to perform lab/greenhouse experiments.  We do not charge "bench fees."
  • Because of the paperwork and expense required to apply for visas, we prefer for international scholars to visit for 6 months minimum.