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The science of ecology is about solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. More than ever, this requires a breadth of perspectives from a workforce that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of society. The Fridley Lab supports efforts that broaden participation in ecology and the field sciences. We strive to do better in recruiting and nurturing underrepresented scientists; we value above all an inclusive workplace free of discrimination; and we support the fight for social and environmental justice.

Summer field technicians (May-August 2024)

We seek to hire up to two full-time field assistants for the 2024 summer field season (12 wks, May-August, start and end dates flexible) for research involving forest ecology and invasive plant species. Successful applicants will assist lab staff and graduate students with local (near-campus) fieldwork, including plant and soil measurements and installation and maintenance of environmental sensors. Those hired will also be involved in a variety of laboratory activities related to plant growth trials, plant tissue digestions, biomass analysis, and data entry. Other activities including computing, sensor building, and statistical analysis may be included depending on interests and experience. Desired qualifications include an interest in field ecology, previous field experience, and willingness to work outdoors under humid conditions. The pay rate is $14-$16/hr. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Jeff Hamilton ( by April 5, 2024.

Graduate Studies in the Fridley Lab - Opportunities for Fall 2024

Opportunities are available for new PhD and MS students for Fall 2024 admission into the Biological Sciences Graduate Program at Clemson. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to email Jason (; please include a CV and a statement of interest. Research in the Fridley Lab focuses on plant functional ecology, with expertise in species invasions, forest ecology, climate change, and tree ecophysiology. Opportunities are available for fieldwork internationally, as well as new projects that take advantage of collections at the on-campus South Carolina Botanical Garden or the surrounding 7000-hectare Clemson Experimental Forest. Research assistantship support may be available for PhD applicants; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed for all graduate students pending satisfactory degree progress. Full applications are due by Dec 1; there is no admission fee or GRE requirement. 

Details about the program, the university, and life in Clemson are found in the Department Graduate Student Guide.

Opportunities for Undergraduates 

Undergraduate research in the Fridley lab could take a number of forms, including field surveys, experiments, simulation modeling, and database analysis. Interested undergraduate students should be prepared to dedicate at least two semesters to their research project, should have strong quantitative skills, and should be eager to immerse themselves in the scientific literature. Interested students should contact Jason to discuss potential research projects. 

Open Position for a Research Technician (2023) [filled]

We seek a full-time research technician to manage lab and field activities related to forest dynamics, tree physiology, and biological invasions. The position is renewable annually for a minimum of two years. Activities include fieldwork in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clemson Experimental Forest, and the South Carolina Botanical Garden, with the potential for travel to more remote locations. Laboratory and greenhouse activities may include plant growth trials, gas exchange measurements, chemical assays, isotopic analysis, and construction of environmental sensors. Preferred qualifications include a graduate degree in ecology or related disciplines; evidence of strong organizational, leadership, and data management skills; student mentoring experience; and the capacity for working long days in remote locations.  Experience in programming, electronics, statistics, tree ring analysis, or relevant lab instrumentation is desirable but not required. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and relevant field and lab experience may still apply. The starting annual salary is $47-55K, depending on experience, and the position could begin as early as May 1, 2023. Please contact Jason Fridley ( for more information. Applicants that apply by April 15 will get full consideration. To apply, visit and search for job 107668.