Much of the work of the Forest Ecology Lab at The Morton Arboretum relies on the contributions of others, including volunteers and students.

A willingness to learn and an interest in trees is all that is required to be involved. Opportunities listed here are suitable for individuals with a non-science background, but those with specific skills or interests are always welcome to contact me to discuss additional ideas for involvement or collaboration.



You do not need a degree in science to contribute to research. Many of the observations and day-to-day work of the Forest Ecology lab is performed by individuals who haven’t taken biology since high school. All volunteers at The Morton Arboretum need to register with our Volunteer Office.


Student Research
(High School, Undergraduate)

We often have lingering questions from our main research efforts that are suitable for student research. Opportunities listed here are designed to provide a background in forest ecology concepts and skills.



On occasion, I may have funds available to hire full-, part-, and seasonal time positions. At the moment, these opportunities are unfortunately rare. Opportunities will be posted here as well as on The Morton Arboretum’s open positions page.