Join the Lab

Hawaiʻi is a tremendous place to study ecology and evolution.  The lab is located halfway between the ocean and the rainforest.  We are happy studying in both of these environments, where there are no shortage of unanswered questions and undiscovered species. We are eager to recruit both undergraduate and graduate students for research. Our lab believes that excellence requires a diversity of viewpoints and lived experiences. We aspire to achieve an inclusive and equitable workplace, community, and world. Whomever you are, there is space for you here.  

Graduate Students

Anthony Amend is faculty in Pacific Biosciences Research Center, in the School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology (SOEST). Students in the lab generally apply to either the Marine Biology or Botany program.  It may be possible to accept students in another graduate program if warranted. We’re interested in graduate students with a variety of backgrounds and interests, from community ecology to molecular microbiology to fungal evolution. Graduate students in the lab lead their own research projects, but are encouraged (though not required) to initially choose a system in which the lab has some experience. Students are usually supported by a mix of fellowships, grants, and teaching assistantships.

If you’re interested in joining the lab, take a look at our projects and publications and contact Anthony directly at Please include your academic CV, and indicate whether you’re interested in pursuing a MS or PhD. We value independent thinking and creativity, so a well thought-out and articulated research question or project that you’d be interested in investigating will set you apart from the rest, and will help get the conversation started. 

Undergraduate Students

There are sometimes opportunities for undergraduate students to work in the lab for 499 credit, or for hourly pay. Students generally start out helping a graduate student or Postdoc with research, and then some go on to conduct independent research through honors or the UROP programs. If you are interested, please read about our lab on this website and complete the application.  Undergraduates are required to commit a minimum of nine hours per week in their first semester. If your schedule allows, we hope you can participate in weekly lab meetings. Please follow up with an email to after you submit your application.  Thanks for your interest!