Interested in working in the Integrative Ecology lab?

Hannah Hightower 2018

Hannah Hightower, Class of 2019

A number of undergraduate students in the Integrative Ecology lab are either doing their honors thesis with the Honors College or conducting an independent study with the Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science department. Others are simply interested in gaining valuable research experience. All students are welcome! Due to demand, I ask that prospective researchers meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a current UTC student.
  2. Must have successfully completed Ecology (BIOL 3060) or Evolution (BIOL 3350) with a grade of C or higher. If you are a transfer student, you must have completed an equivalent course with a grade of a C or higher.
  3. Write a 250-500 word personal statement expressing your interest in research, why you are interested in ecology research, and relevant research experience (if any). Send personal statement to with the subject heading: Integrative Ecology Application (student name).
  4. Have a referral from a BGE faculty member OR have taken a class with Dr. Beasley.

If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in the lab, please feel free to contact me. I’m happy to brainstorm and discuss possible projects! You can learn more about the Environmental Science graduate program at UTC by clicking here!

I’ll aim to respond to inquiries within two weeks. Please note that not having research experience will not exclude you from consideration. I enjoy working with enthusiastic students who are eager to learn! If you have any questions about the research we do or the application process, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. DeAnna Beasley’s Ecology students look for plant samples Monday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the Confederate Cemetery.