Contact & Opportunities

Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620


Two Opportunities for Prospective students: 


1) MS/PhD position

I anticipate having an opening in my lab for a new MS or PhD student (PhD preferred) starting in the Fall of 2020.

Major areas of research in my lab are understanding 1) the causes of spatial and temporal variation in forest insect outbreaks, 2) factors leading to geographic variation in rates of invasive spread by forest pests, and 3) effects of artificial light at night (or “light pollution”) on ecological processes from the population to ecosystem level. Work in my lab often includes a combination of analysis of spatial datasets, field observations and experiments, and/or computer modeling.

Applicants primarily interested in conducting research on spatial population dynamics (for example, see areas 1 and 2 above) are preferred. In addition, applicants interested in learning (or who have prior experience with) remote sensing, GIS, statistics, and/or writing computer code (for example, R, Matlab, Python) are preferred.

Funding for the position would most likely come from a research assistantship funded by Blandy Experimental Farm as well as a half-time teaching assistantship from the Department of Environmental Sciences. However, exceptional applicants are considered for a departmental fellowship or other available fellowships, which free the graduate student from teaching assistant duties during part of their time at UVA.

During summer semesters, the student would be based at Blandy Experimental Farm, a field station for environmental research and education located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

To inquire about the position, email a statement of your interests and a CV.


2) Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship

UVA's Graduate School of Art's and Sciences has recently created a new exciting fellowship opportunity. For details, see: .

For information about either opportunity, contact me at haynes[at] I encourage you to read about the application process at