Graduate Students

I will be recruiting graduate students to begin in the 2023-2024 academic year.

I take my students through the (amazing) Graduate Group in Ecology. Check out their website to learn more about how to apply as well as the holistic review process used to evaluate applications. Applications will be due in early December.

As the website notes, it is important to contact prospective faculty members via email before applying.  Feel free to email me ( with a short cover letter and C.V., if you are interested in joining the lab.  If I think my lab could be a good fit for you, then we can set up a time for a short conversation for you to learn more about the lab and for me to learn more about you.


Feel free to contact me if you are interested in doing a postdoc in the Karp Lab. I am happy to support applications to a variety of fellowships, including the Smith Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Program, the UC President’s Fellowship Program, and others! I will also post any funded opportunities here as they become available.


Avian Agroecology Technician

We are seeking one seasonal field technician from mid-April through mid-July to assist a PhD student (Cody Pham) in songbird nest box monitoring and GPS tagging. Specifically, our Agricultural Research Institute funded project focuses on exploring how local habitat features (e.g., hedgerows, scattered trees) in vineyards and surrounding landscapes affect avian reproductive success, bird movements, and pest control services provided by birds. The technician will join a collaborative team of scientists from UC Davis, Cal Poly Humboldt, and UC Riverside.

Full job ad: Job Ad

To apply: Email a single document (PDF preferred) including (1) a cover letter describing previous avian research experience and interest in this position, (2) a resume or CV, and (3) contact information for three references to Cody Pham ( Include “Avian agroecology nest monitoring technician” in the subject line. Applicants from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date: First review date will be November 14th. Applications afterward will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.