Our commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The members of the Rabeling Lab are committed to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We firmly believe that diversity is a strength. Therefore, we work hard to provide a supportive, inclusive, and academically stimulating environment to all students in our group, irrespective of the students cultural, ethnic, and societal backgrounds, and irrespective of their gender and religious identities. We are an international bunch from currently four different continents and we welcome everyone who is excited about studying biodiversity and evolutionary biology.



We are always looking for enthusiastic and curious researchers to join our lab!  If you are excited about evolutionary biology, love ants or social insects in general, and want to explore the origin and maintenance of insect biodiversity, then join us! Please send an informal inquiry to Christian Rabeling and feel free to reach out to any of our lab members. We are always looking forward to welcoming new lab members who share our interests.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral researchers in our lab work on a variety of projects including speciation, biodiversity, biogeography, social evolution, evolution of life history traits, phylogenetic systematics, comparative genomics, morphology, and taxonomy. If you are interested in joining our lab as a postdoctoral researcher, please reach out to Christian Rabeling


Graduate Students

Currently, we are looking to recruit graduate students. Students who are interested in the biodiversity, evolution, biogeography, ecology, behavior, and taxonomy of ants are encouraged to apply. We have a number of ongoing projects studying the origin and evolution of social parasitism in ants. We are interested in understanding the evolutionary patterns of social parasite evolution, and we want to find out more about the genomic, behavioral, and ecological mechanisms that contribute to social parasite speciation. We are also broadly interested in the social evolution of ants, and the co-evolutionary interactions between ants and other organisms. Graduate research projects in our lab frequently involve the discovery and description of new species, and we appreciate a passion for detailed natural history studies. If you think our lab could be a good environment for your dissertation research, please email me, and I will be happy to discuss possible research projects.


Undergraduate Students

We offer a variety of research opportunities in our lab. Undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in our lab should send me an email. Please send me your CV, a summary of your research interests, and please let me know how you think your interests overlap with ongoing projects in our lab. Typically, undergraduate researchers work in collaboration with me, with a postdoctoral researcher, or with a graduate student. Once you get involved in a research project, the workload can be high, and we are seeking reliable undergraduate researchers who are dedicated to their projects. However, and despite the high work load, undergraduate research is also fun and typically highly rewarding!




Ant photo credit: Alex Wild/alexanderwild.com