To Prospective Graduate Students

Who should contact me about graduate school?

I am interested in students that have good academic records, are interested in biogeography, large-scale ecology, or conservation biology, and are self motivated. Students should contact me through email to express their interest in graduate school.

How are students supported?

Most students are supported by teaching or research assistantships through the Department of Biological Sciences. These assistantships are few and competitive. I occassionally have research funding to support graduate students as research assistants on my projects.

What will be your research project?

I do not assign research projects. I strongly believe that a student should work through the entire scientific method from project conception and design to publication. My graduate students work on a variety of taxonomic groups and at many different ecological and spatial scales.  I work with students to develop a research project that enhances their research skills and prepares them for further education or moves them towards their career goals.  I have high expectations of my students, but also I work closely with them to help meet those expectations.  Working with graduate students is the best part of my job and I take great pride in their well-being and their success.

What tools/skills could you learn working with me?

The most important skill you can learn as a graduate student is how to use and apply the scientific method. Beyond this foundational skill, I focus on identifying those skills that students will need finish their thesis research or to meet their longer term educational goals. My students often learn advanced statistics, species distribution modeling, population modeling, geographical information systems, remote sensing, fundamental programming, and field techniques. No one student is expected to learn all of this, but they are available.