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Post-Doctoral work:

I currently do not have any open grant-funded post-doc positions in the lab.

I often work with prospective students to host them for independent post-doctoral fellowships including the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology, Ford Foundation, Smith Fellowships, and Fellowships internal to Cornell. If you are interested in potentially applying for these, please contact me to discuss project ideas.

Undergraduate Research:

We occasionally have openings for undergraduate researchers in the lab. Undergrads work on a variety of projects, and often in collaboration with post-docs or grad students. Most undergraduates in the lab work toward an Honors thesis. Research is hard work, and requires a level of dedication that goes beyond what undergrads typically invest in classwork. If you think this might be for you, contact KZ.


Our interests are pretty varied, and graduate student projects in the lab can potentially span a whole range of topics. For the most part, I expect students will work on some question about the evolution, mating system, or conservation of reptiles and amphibians. This could include anything from molecular systematics to a population-based demographic study.


It is unlikely that grad students in my lab will work entirely on my research projects for their doctoral thesis. Although I collaborate often with students on projects of mutual interest, I believe that finding your own niche and carving out your own research program is a critical part of your grad school experience (almost as critical as the thesis itself!). My job is to help you achieve that by providing the context for your learning. Your job is to bring with you the motivation and the independence to get it done.

Related to this is the issue of funding for graduate work. Students in our department are guaranteed funding (salary support) for 5 years of doctoral research and the 4 intervening summers. Although College and Department Fellowships do exist, they are not guaranteed, so what this departmental support often amounts to is 4-5 years of TAships in classes taught by faculty in our department. This is good support, but teaching every semester can cut into research time and make field-based projects difficult, so I encourage every student to seek and apply for fellowships for salary support (e.g. NSF pre-doctoral fellowships, EPA Fellowships, or the Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowships), as well as funds for research support.


First: Check out the E&EB website to learn more about our department and graduate life here (E&EB site).

Second: drop me a note (contact below) – tell me what you are interested in, what you’ve done in the past, and how your interests match those in the lab.

Third: check out the forms and deadlines for Cornell Graduate School applications ( The deadline for the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is relatively early- so don’t miss it. If you need assistance with anything to do with your application, please contact Patty Jordan, pj17(at)cornell(dot)edu, the graduate field assistant for E&EB. Patty knows the answers to all questions about the application process.


Zamudio Lab | Cornell University | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology |
E206/217 Corson Hall | Ithaca, NY 14853 | phone 607.254.4212 | fax 607.255.8088 | kelly(dot)zamudio(at)cornell(dot)edu