Dianne_with_15N_labeling_chamberI am always interested in talking to prospective students and postdocs. I accept MS and PhD students through the Energy and Resources Group, and work with postdocs at UC Berkeley and through projects at Berkeley Lab. I expect members of my group to be independent and driven, but also to enjoy collaborating, as most of my projects involve scientists at other institutions. Collaboration across areas of expertise requires extra effort, but allows for exciting discoveries and contributions.

Students at ERG are funded as graduate student instructors for a range of courses, as graduate student researchers on grants, and with research fellowships. Here is a short list of fellowships relevant to students working with me:

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program prepares graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program supports a Network of more than 600 Switzer Fellows who are leaders in the nonprofit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors working to solve today’s environmental challenges.

The Kueppers Lab also hosts undergraduate researchers seeking field, lab or computational experience studying climate change and ecosystem dynamics or the biogeochemistry of plant-microbe interactions. We occasionally have grant funding for these opportunities, but also consider exceptional volunteers, students earning independent study credit, or participants in the following programs (please contact us directly when applying):


Berkeley Lab offers DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) for undergraduates from 2- and 4-year colleges. These are open for Summer, Fall and Spring terms, and are open to graduating seniors.

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory offers a number of independent research opportunities in summer, including an NSF sponsored REU program.

UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) offers Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) for CNR students who want to pursue independent research, e.g. for an honors or senior thesis.

Some additional opportunities for students outside the Kueppers Lab :

The National Center for Atmospheric Research offers the SOARS summer internship program in Boulder, CO.

NSF funds a large number of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites across the country in a wide range of academic fields.