Prospective Students

Undergraduate Students

 The Desert Laboratory has several opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research on Tumamoc Hill:

Vertically Integrate Projects (VIP) Desert Plant Ecology

Join one of several research teams investigating the long-term dynamics of the Sonoran Desert. See link for more details


The Lab occasionally hosts ambitious undergraduate students pursuing their degree, honors thesis, or other and would like to conduct their work on Tumamoc Hill or with one of our researchers. Please contact with your details and an overview of your interests for more information.

Library Internship

We are always looking for students interested in working in the Desert Laboratory Library. Please contact with name and interests for more information.

Graduate Students

If you are interested in pursuing your graduate (Masters or PhD) at the Desert Laboratory, please contact Director, Dr. Ben Wilder ( We are always happy to hear from students looking to pursue their graduate work in the desert across the diverse topics of focus at the Desert Laboratory.

While students can link their research to the Desert Laboratory from any department on campus, we have formal connections with the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (ARLS) and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE).

Indigenous students can consider the University of Arizona / Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (UA/SIGP).