Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistant Position: Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions


The Wetzel Lab at MSU is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to work on lab and greenhouse projects examining how the ecological interactions of plants and insects respond to environmental variability. Two major summer projects will take place at the Kellogg Biological Station, in which the assistant will work with a team to explore 1) how plant-eating insect pests and their predators respond to different chemical and physical traits of plants in an agricultural ecosystem and 2) how heat waves influence the ecological interactions of plants and herbivorous insects.

Jobs will include growing plants in greenhouses and in an agricultural plot, rearing insects, observing insect feeding preferences, conducting field surveys of arthropod communities, and sampling plant traits. Please see for more information about our research.

Two positions available from May-August, housing provided at Kellogg Biological Station. Pay rate is $10/hr.


To apply please email your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for 1-2 references to Wetzel Lab manager Luke Zehr ( Feel free to email with questions.

Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a career in the sciences and with experience working with plants and/or insects.

The Wetzel Lab is in the Department of Entomology and is affiliated
with the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program. The Wetzel Lab strives to be a supportive community and a safe space for diversity in science.