Interested in joining the lab?

Volunteers at our high-elevation field site in Colorado (photo by J. Velotta)

Volunteers at our high-elevation field site in Colorado (photo by J. Velotta)

Undergraduate Students:

We periodically have openings for a undergraduate students to join the lab. If you are interested in evolutionary genomics and ecological physiology, are a dedicated student, and highly motivated, please contact me to discuss your interests and potential opportunities.

Graduate Students:

I always welcome inquiries from bright, motivated students interested in evolutionary biology, ecological physiology, or functional genomics who wish to pursue integrative research on adaptive evolution.  Students in the lab are welcome (and encouraged) to develop their own projects that relate to the lab’s broad research themes, or they may contribute to ongoing projects in the lab.

I will be accepting students for enrollment in the fall of 2020, however limits on space and funding place an upper limit on the number of students I will be able to accept.  In general, students with extensive research experience will have an advantage.  Students working with me can either be admitted through the Organismal Biology and Ecology Program (PhD or MS) or the Wildlife Biology Program (PhD or MS), both of which are among the strongest in the nation.  If you are interested in applying to work in my lab, contact me beforehand and we can decide which program is most appropriate for your interests.


Potential postdocs are encouraged to contact me directly to discuss opportunities in the lab.  I especially encourage inquires from postdocs who are interested in applying for independent funding and/or working on a grant proposal with me.

Research and Academic Environment:

Postdocs and graduate students in the Cheviron lab can expect to interact frequently with a strong core of UM faculty and students focused on evolutionary genetics, genomics, ecology, behavior, and physiology. Here are links to the labs of some of our colleagues studying evolutionary genetics, population ecology, and physiology at UM:

Jeff Good (OBE/WBIO), mammalian evolutionary genomics                                                             Lila Fishman (OBE), plant evolutionary genetics
John McCutcheon (OBE/CMMB), microbial genomics and symbiosis
Scott Miller (CMMB), cyanobacterial evolutionary genetics
Brandon Cooper (CMMB), evolutionary genomics of Wolbachia and their hosts
Mike Schwatrz (USFS/WLF),  population genetics and conservation                                       Winsor Lowe (OBE/WBIO), landscape genetics and conservation
Brett Tobalske (OBE), biomechanics and physiology
Gordon Luikart (FLBS), population genetics and conservation
Doug Emlen (OBE), insect morphological development and evolution
Tom Martin (OBE), avian life history evolution
Creagh Bruener (OBE), hormones, physiology, and behavior
Art Woods (OBE), animal physiology, ecology, and evolution                                                     Angela Luis (WBIO), mammalian disease ecology


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