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 recruiting a Masters student as part of our NSF-funded ecosystem science graduate training program. If you are interested in joining us in September 2025, please read about the program and reach out to me after September 1, 2024 to learn more. 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.’