Prospective undergraduate students

Icon of professor pointing to blackboard in front of two studentsOpportunities also exist for undergraduates to participate in on-going research in the Conservation Innovation Lab. These opportunities can yield valuable experience and provide a taste of what it is like to do research. Advanced undergraduate students are invited to synthesize and analyze ecological data, to lend a hand in the field, and to assist our efforts to develop practical solutions to conservation problems.

In addition to research, we offer opportunities for hands-on experiences in communications and outreach.

If you are interested in joining the lab:

Please take a look at the current research the lab is doing by exploring the research tabs and graduate student profiles.

Email your résumé (or CV) and research interests to Infynity Hill ( and Leah Gerber ( Please also indicate if you are interested in non-research opportunities.

Members of the lab meet bi-weekly at a mutually agreed upon time.

Current projects:

Project topic Project Duty Graduate student Contact
Marine plastic policy Review policies implemented for marine plastic pollution at the international, national and subnational scale Literature/web review Erin Murphy
Ecotoursim and conservation policy Examine the impacts that whale watching is having on whale behavior.* Data entry/analysis, literature review Katie Surrey; Arielle Amrein;
Ecotoursim and conservation policy Examine the socioeconomic impacts of whale watching on the local community and tourist participants.* Data entry/analysis, literature review Katie Surrey; Arielle Amrein;
Endangered Species Act – Actions Classification Provide a standardized categorization of recovery plan actions under the Endangered Species Act to identify which and what kinds of actions appear most important for the conservation of US-based species. Action categorization Kate Weiss

*$1000 stipend for students who self-identify as being from an underrepresented minority group, via funding from the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities

Biological sciences undergraduate program (Conservation Biology and Ecology)

Ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the physical environment. Conservation biology is an applied science based on ecological principles that focuses on conserving biological diversity and on restoring degraded ecosystems. Arizona State University has made a commitment toward a more sustainable world, and knowledge of conservation biology and ecology is one critical component to help us meet this global challenge.

Conservation biologists at ASU investigate the impact of humans on Earth’s biodiversity and develop practical approaches to prevent the extinction of species and promote the sustainable use of biological resources. Some investigate the causes of ecosystem degradation and use ecological principles to reestablish desired conditions within a range of ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, grasslands, urban landscapes and forests.

To learn more about this program, click here.