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Graduate Students

I am always excited to begin dialogue with enthusiastic, highly motivated students about opportunities in our lab. 


My research program is diverse. I am looking for students that are enthusiastic about conducting research that is complementary to the questions I am personally interested in, but are also independent and seek to expand beyond the work the lab is doing towards their own personal interests. Much of my lab's research is field based, but also includes substantial laboratory work, and quantitative analyses. I am excited to work with students that are interested in any combination of these approaches. 

If you are interested, have a look at the below sites to learn more about the EEB program and our requirements and criteria.  If you think our lab may be a good fit for you, feel free to contact me directly.  In your email, please include the following information:

       - What are your personal interests in ecology and what are your career goals?

       - What ecological questions are you interested in pursuing for your graduate work? 

       - Why do you believe my lab would be a good fit for you? 

       - Your previous experiences and a copy of your CV.


I also strongly encourage all students to apply for the NSF GRFP, The Nancy Foster ScholarshipFord Fellowships, or any other appropriate fellowship that may be applicable.


Here are some stats on recent PhD cohorts:

  • 14 Ph.D. students

  • 64% women, 36% men

  • 36% international students

  • 43% have M.S. degrees

UM admissions information:


I encourage any highly qualified potential postdocs to contact me about research opportunities or working with me to targeting some of the available fellowships or avenues of funding, e.g., the Smith Fellowship and the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

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