Join the Lab!

The Turcotte lab is looking for curious and motivated students and postdocs interested in addressing ecological and evolutionary questions using integrative methods. My philosophy as a mentor is to guide and create opportunities for students in order for them to become well-rounded independent researchers. 




The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university and the Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. Students can be co-advised by faculty at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens among other institutions. The department also runs the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology , which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania.
     The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place to live (info). It is often voted the ‘Most Livable city in the U.S.’ (info). One of the many reasons is how affordable it is to rent or own a home in the city within walking distance of campus. Important for my family, Pittsburgh has a fantastic food scene (info) and a diverse and growing Arts & Entertainment scene.  

Postdoc openings

I am always looking for motivated postdoctoral researchers to join the lab whether they work on their own system or on our rapid duckweed system allowing one to study plant evolution or population dynamics over the course of a a few months. Currently, new postdocs would have to be self-funded but I am happy to work together to develop a project for a fellowship application. If you are interested please email me ( including a a short statement of why you are interested in the lab and your past research experience. Please also include your C.V. 


Prospective Graduate Students

PhD students interested in experimental evolutionary-ecology should contact me to see if positions are available in the lab. Applications are due in early December. Well before applying you should contact me ( with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in the lab and describe your past research experience. Please include your C.V., any publications, and contact information for a few references. Graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research assistantships. I expect all prospective students to apply for external funding. Please see here for more details on the graduate programs in the department and how to apply.


Prospective Undergraduates

Many opportunities exist for undergraduate students to gain research experience. These include independent research projects, collaborative projects with graduate students, or simply volunteering. Interested students should contact me ( to discuss possibilities. In the email, please tell me why you are interesting in joining the lab and please attach a C.V. and an unofficial copy of your grades.