Join Our Lab

I am always looking for enthusiastic, scientifically curious, and self-motivated critical thinkers to join our lab. Most people in the lab have experience in some combination of spatial analysis, remote sensing, complex systems analysis, or statistics. Geography and Earth systems science are the disciplinary foundations of our research, but our projects draw on many fields that study urbanization. We’re looking for thinkers and doers who want to push the envelope on urban research: modelers, web designers, poets and bakers are welcome to join us. Please browse our site and read some of our publications to decide whether your interests align with ours.

Prospective undergraduates or interns

We currently do not have any paid research assistant positions available. However, the lab offers periodic unpaid research opportunities for exceptional undergraduates. You must be able to commit to at least 5 hours of work in the lab for at least two semesters. Summer interns are required to commit between 15-20 hours per week for at least 8 weeks. Undergraduate interns work closely with at least one member of the lab (e.g., graduate student, postdoc, research associates). Research opportunities vary but can include coding, entering, and analyzing data; library research; satellite imagery analysis. Please explore our website and send us an email with your unofficial transcripts, expected graduation date, major, prior lab experience, and what you hope to gain from working in the lab.

Prospective Graduate Students

If you are interested in joining my lab as a graduate student, please look at the Research and Publications sections of this website to learn about our current research. You can then contact us via Email. Please include your CV, a brief statement of your research interests, and the key scientific discoveries you want to make during your graduate career. Although our doctoral students are offered five years of funding, I encourage you to apply for external funding from NSF, NASA and other agencies and programs.

Prospective postdoctoral researchers or visiting scholars

Please explore funding opportunities from NSF, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Fulbright Program, and organizations and agencies. 

-Karen Seto


Please identify and contact the person whose research most aligns with your interests.

Urbanization in the global south; agriculture & food systems; health & equity; remote sensing & geographical information science

Bhartendu Pandey

bhartendu.pandey [at]

Urbanization, biodiversity, and habitat loss

Rohan Simkin

rohan.simkin [at]

Urbanization, Climate Adaptation, Extreme Heat, and Water Resources

Kangning Huang

kangning.huang [at]

Urbanization and food systems

Christopher Bren d’Amour

christopher.brendamour [at]

Urbanization in the Himalaya

Meredith Reba

meredith.reba [at]