Prospective Students & Postdocs

Thank you very much for your interest in my lab at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center.

Prospective graduate students: I am not currently recruiting graduate students, but my colleagues involved in our new NSF-funded ecosystem science graduate training program are. Check out the listing of possible advisors and reach out to folks to learn more about this exciting opportunity for Fall 2024 and beyond. I also encourage you to reach out to other faculty affiliated with the School of Marine Sciences and the EES Grad Program if you are interested in pursuing marine conservation science at the University of Maine.

Prospective postdocs: Early career scholars with expertise in the ecological and social sciences and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship are encouraged to contact me about potential postdoctoral opportunities focused on projects in both Maine and Mexico. The Smith Fellowship, NRC Fellowships and postdoc led grants to the NSF, SESYNC, and NOAA are all potential ways for us to secure the funding to bring your postdoc to Maine. Residence in midcoast Maine at the Darling Marine Center is preferred but not required. I encourage interested individuals to contact me at

Undergraduates: See the DMC website for more information on summer internships and the Semester by the Sea program. Students interested in conducting a capstone project with our lab are invited to send Dr. Leslie (heather.leslie(at) an email with the subject ‘Fall 2024 capstone’ no earlier than June 1, 2024.