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The Russell Lab is recruiting

UntitledIf you’re interested in the behavioral ecology of plant-animal-microbe interactions, primarily of bees and flowers, please consider the Russell Lab! Potential projects could involve field and lab experiments, insect cognition, microbiology, data science, and genomics. Check our Research and Publications for more information!

Avery has been a mentor to 30+ researchers and would be happy to put you in contact with any if you would like a first-hand perspective about his mentoring style and aptitude.

We’re particularly interested in recruiting passionate, curious, and collaborative individuals who will thrive and contribute positively to our community. We welcome and strive to support people of all backgrounds.


We do not presently have funding for postdocs, but Avery is happy to help write grants and independent fellowships to bring you to MSU.

Please email Avery to discuss potential projects that would be a good fit for your interests and career goals. In your email, include a brief description of your current research interests, goals for a postdoc with the Russell Lab, your dissertation research, and your CV.

Graduate students

The Russell Lab is looking for Master’s students!

To start a conversation about potential projects, please email Avery a brief description of your experience, research interests as they relate to the Russell Lab, your post-MS career goals, and your CV. See the Master of Science in Biology program website and the Master of Natural and Applied Science website for more information about our two MS’s programs and how to apply.

Please also carefully read the overview of the Master’s program as it applies to the Russell Lab.

MSU offers a 2-year MS’s program (tuition and fees covered), with a stipend through guaranteed teaching assistantships. Avery may occasionally be able to offer support through research assistantships.

Please contact Avery 4-8 months prior to your anticipated Fall or Spring start. Application deadlines-ish: end of January (Fall start); end of September (Spring start).

Undergraduate students

We’re always looking for motivated undergrads who are passionate about science and gaining research experience. Opportunities in the lab range from contributing to ongoing projects, to conducting independent research projects with mentorship by senior lab members.  

If you’re interested, please send Avery a short email explaining why you want to work in the lab, along with your resumé / CV, and an unofficial copy of your transcript. 

Working groups


Buzz Pollination Group (Twitter handle: @buzzpollination and listserve)

We’re dedicated to bringing together people interested in buzz pollination, floral sonication, pollen-restricting floral morphology, and bees.

Labs Past and Present

Tia-Lynn Ashman lab (University of Pittsburgh)

Cori Richards-Zawacki lab (University of Pittsburgh)

Daniel Papaj lab (University of Arizona)

Wulfila Gronenberg lab (University of Arizona)

Cole Gilbert lab (Cornell University)

Collaborators Past and Present

Andre Kessler (Cornell University)

Anna Edlund (Lafayette College)

Callin Switzer (University of Washington)

Cori Richards-Zawacki lab (University of Pittsburgh)

Daniel Papaj (University of Arizona)

Dara Stanley (NUI Galway, Ireland)

Diana Jolles (Plymouth State University)

Klaus Lunau (University of Düsseldorf)

Maria Rebolleda-Gomez (University of Pittsburgh)

Mario Vallejo-Marín (University of Stirling)

Marjorie Weber (Michigan State University)

Ricardo Kriebel (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Sarah Morrison (Pennsylvania State University)

Sophie Cardinal (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Stephen Buchmann (University of Arizona)

Tia-Lynn Ashman (University of Pittsburgh)

Thomas Eltz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)