Join the Lab

We invite inquiries from qualified post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students who are interested in studying bees or wasps.

Positions at Danforth Lab

Graduate Students

Interested graduate students can find information on the graduate program from the Cornell Entomology web site. You can also find more information on the Graduate School at Cornell here. Please note that I am in two graduate “Fields”: Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Graduate applications are normally due December 1. We review the applications shortly thereafter.

Post Docs

I am interested in supporting post-docs to work on projects of their own design or on ongoing projects in the lab. My own interests center on bee phylogeny, bee biodiversity, and native bee pollination ecology. I would like to develop projects in the area of bioinformatics and bee genomics. Our current is Elizabeth Murray, who works on our NSF funded project on aculeate phylogeny. I am very interested in working with prospective post-docs to obtain grant funding to support their respective projects.


Working in a research lab is excellent experience for students intending to enroll into graduate school or take up a career in research. We regularly have opportunities for students interested in field as well as laboratory studies of bees. We are particularly interested in students with backgrounds in entomology, insect diversity, molecular systematics and molecular biology, bioinformatics, or evolutionary biology.

Contact Us

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email at the address listed below.

Bryan N. Danforth, Professor and Chair
Department of Entomology
3124 Comstock Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853-2601

phone: 607-255-3563
FAX: 607-255-0939

Research Areas

Our lab takes a multifaceted approach to understanding the evolutionary history of bees and how they interact with the plants and microbes around them.

Lab Members

We are an interactive group with graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs and researchers exploring bee evolution and ecological interactions.

Contact Us

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email.