Get Involved! 

Would you like to spend some time in a tropical forest ecosystem?

Would you like to learn about tropical forest biogeochemistry, plant physiology and climate change by doing hands on research and field work?

Would you like to collaborate with an awesome group of scientists and technicians engaged with tropical forest conservation? 

Then come join us in Puerto Rico! 

Job Openings! 

Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecosystem Ecology Modeling

Environmental Equipment  Technician

Michigan Technological University and the Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) is seeking a full-time modeling ecosystem ecologist post-doctoral researcher. 


The position will involve the development and evaluation of ELM-FATES (the land component of the Dept. of Energy Earth system model E3SM coupled with the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator - FATES) using data from the TRACE site, a climate change experiment taking place in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in eastern Puerto Rico. 

We are seeking a full-time Environmental Equipment Technician to assist the Project in maintaining and fixing environmental sampling equipment. 

The Environmental Equipment Technician will have a range of responsibilities that include a combination of office-, lab-, and field-based duties. Examples of responsibilities include ensuring all sensors (for example, soil moisture and temperature, soil respiration, and weather station sensors) are properly working and calibrated; planning and scheduling equipment maintenance, and performing initial quality assurance/quality control on collected data.

Interns and Volunteers

Interns will be afforded the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of scientists from different fields and will be trained in numerous scientific techniques.

Tasks will include but are not limited to: maintenance and operation of experimental and scientific equipment, collection and processing of samples (soil, litter fall, water, roots, among others), vegetation censuses and data entry.

If you would like to volunteer or learn about our internship program, please contact us at

Prospective Students

There are multiple avenues available for students who would like to get involved with TRACE.

If you are interested in learning about these opportunities, send an introductory email to with the following information:

-        Tell us about yourself and what excites you about our project
-        Describe your research interests (e.g. research questions and ideas) 
-        Your resume/CV (education background and previous research experience)

We encourage prospective or current graduate students to contact us with their research ideas and interests, and when appropriate, we would be happy to consider sponsoring graduate research fellowship applications to support graduate studies.

The Bachelot Lab is Hiring! 

The Bachelot Lab is recruiting a graduate student to join the lab beginning January 2022. 

If your passions involve plants, insects, and fungi, this opportunity is for you! 


Prospective Collaborators

TRACE provides many opportunities for scientists from different disciplines and institutions to study climate change in tropical forests.


We encourage prospective collaborators to contact us with research ideas that may complement our current objectives. Scientists interested in collaborating with TRACE should download our Collaborator Proposal template and send to for consideration and review by TRACE Principal Investigators.


To improve conservation efforts for tropical forest ecosystems, we need to better understand how they may respond to climate change and extreme climatic events such as hurricanes. 

To achieve this, we need your help! 
If you would like to contribute to our project, please contact us at

Thank you!