Get Involved

We are always interested in inquiries from potential undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows with common research interests. Please contact me if you are interested in exploring one of these opportunities. To see what events our happening in our lab visit our lab event calendar here.


Undergraduate students can get involved in the lab’s research in a number of ways. Undergrads may apply to work in our group through various UC Berkeley programs, such as URAP and SPUR.

Graduate Students

Interested graduate students may apply to work with me through the graduate program of the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. I encourage all potential students to get in touch with me prior to submitting an application to ESPM, so that we can discuss interests, potential projects, and funding options (e.g., NSF GRFPUSDA AFRI ELI Pre-doctoral FellowshipsFord Foundation, and the Livermore Graduate Scolars Program (post-quals only)). Generally, I am looking for students with a strong background in biological and/or physical sciences driven to use ecological principles to improve agriculture. I am particularly interested in students who want to work in interdisciplinary teams, and who are excited about the prospect of field work. I would also encourage prospective students to read advice on applying to graduate programs in ecological fields, such as here.

Postdoctoral Fellows

I am always interested in inquiries from potential postdocs with overlapping interests; please contact me! There are several potential opportunities to fund a postdoc in my lab, including UC Berkeley’s Miller FellowshipUC’s President’s Postdoctoral FellowshipUSDA AFRI ELI Postdoctoral FellowshipNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, and the Ford Foundation, among others. I am also interested and willing to write standard grants with prospective postdocs to fund a position, and happy to provide advice and feedback on grant applications.

Current openings in the lab

  • We invite prospective graduate students for the Fall 2021 application cycle to contact Tim Bowles about interest in a PhD in the Berkeley Agroecology Lab through ESPM’s PhD Program.
  • We seek one-year postdoctoral position in soil microbial ecology / agroecology to conduct research how local and landscape factors influence soil microbial community composition (bacterial and fungal) in an intensive agricultural region, and how the microbial community influence several soil-based ecosystem services. The position will focus on data analysis and publication on previously collected data.