Information for students that are interested in joining our lab - where science and fun hang out together!
Are you interested in joining my lab group? I invite applications from prospective Masters and PhD students broadly interested in topics in population and community ecology, evolutionary ecology, climate change and conservation. If you are interested :
Review the information contained on this page and on my website as a whole
Read some of my publications (contact me if you do not have access to them)
Think about what types of research or questions you are most excited about
Contact me with the following information (be brief at this stage).
Your interests in science generally and my lab specifically
What experiences have motivated you to pursue graduate school
My Mentoring Style As an advisor, my goal is to help my students to become creative, productive, well rounded and interactive scientists. I really enjoy interacting with my scientific colleagues and seek out a diversity of scientific input, and I expect my students to share my enthusiasm for critical feedback and diverse interactions. Toward that end I am keen to recruit students that want to regularly interact with me and the lab group as well as with other faculty and students in general. Students should embrace opportunities to discuss ideas over coffee, drinks, lunch, lab meetings, and especially at a blackboard. I want my students to be able to reverentially give and receive constructive criticism as well as accolades. I will also expect students to attend departmental seminars (regardless of topic) as well as graduate seminars and reading groups. I challenge students to "think outside of the box", to question dogma, to be integrative (i.e. cross disciplinary) and to combine field, lab, observational, experimental, and mathematical approaches in their research endeavors.
Research Projects I typically do not assign thesis and dissertation topics, but will work closely with students to help them develop their own novel, and interesting research questions. I invite students to work on topics closely allied to those on which I am working, but I am open-minded and will consider advising students on a broad range of research topics. My goal is to help you to define your own research agenda and path and I will provide any resources (both intellectual and financial) at my disposal to help you achieve your goals.
Research Funding Students may be funded via a variety of sources including from my research grants, institutional or national fellowships, and departmental funding. However, I will also require (regardless of how you are funded) all of my students to apply for grants and fellowships. Grantsmanship is a critical skill for scientists and applying for grants and fellowships to help fund your own research is a key way to develop it.