We are an active and supportive research group, who are excited about ecology, conservation, natural history, and field ecology. We conduct research in several different systems (currently in eastern deciduous forests, and western oak savannas) and usually spend our summer in the field. We generally work on the effect of environmental change on species interactions and how altered interactions affect community and ecosystem processes.
In the lab, we embrace and respect diversity of individuals concerning theirsex, gender, race, ethnicity, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, physical ability, mental ability, and expression. Our lab is a friendly and supportive environment, conducive to learning and research. As a group we are committed to treating each other with respect and ensuring the lab is a place where everybody feels welcome and appreciated. I am dedicated to recruiting and mentoring diverse lab members, especially of underrepresented groups in science, and to be an advocate for diversity and underrepresented groups in the department and on campus.
I am looking for graduate students to join the lab, who are excited about ecology, fieldwork, and doing science! Prospective students with interests in how anthropogenic change affect species interactions, how altered interactions affect community and ecosystem level processes, and restoration of functionally important interactions - would fit well in my lab. Our expertise is mainly in plant and insect systems, with on-going projects in a couple of different study systems (see Research page) for more details. Students should be self-motivated, very hard-working, and enthusiastic. A lot of our science is done in the field, which means prospective students should like to be outdoors, should be willing to be flexible and dedicated to their project, and should like working as a part of a team.
As a mentor, I work closely with students throughout the whole scientific process - from formulating worthwhile and feasible ideas, to helping out with designing experiments in the field, to providing feedback on proposals, manuscripts and presentations, and finally in advice for finding a position after graduate school. I am a supportive mentor, and I will provide guidance and support for projects, feedback on grant and fellowship proposals, papers and presentations, help with going to conferences, connections with other scientists or stakeholders, and to continuously communicate and work with you to achieve your post-graduation goals.
From my students, I expect that they will take ownership and responsibility for their projects. Students should be committed to conducting high-quality science, publishing their work, presenting at conferences, and applying for grants and fellowships. I expect graduate students to treat graduate school like a full time job and to be dedicated and professional. I expect my students to be active members in the lab and Department. They should attend Department seminars, discussion groups, and lab meetings. Check out the lab guidelines and mutual expectations.
Students are supported on teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships, and admittance is competitive. Contact me directly in the Fall (email@example.com) before the year that you want to start, sending a cover letter, your CV, and transcript(s). If we decide that you are a good fit for the lab, applications are due in January.
I welcome undergraduate researchers who are interested ecology and conservation in my lab. I will work with students to find suitable projects, and if students are interested and show that they are motivated, I will work with students to help them develop more independent projects. I understand that students have busy schedules, and I expect that students schedule lab time within their class schedule, and stick to this schedule. Students are expected to spend 6 hours in the lab a week at minimum (this varies pending if students are volunteering in the lab, taking research credits, or have a paid position). I work with students to help them identify and apply for grants and fellowships, and to present at internal and external conferences, along with providing students with advice, contacts, and letters for opportunities after graduation. I expect that students will join the lab, not to just get a reference letter from me, but who genuinely want to gain research experience. Thus, I expect that students will be motivated, responsible, take ownership of their project, and be productive and engaged members of the lab. We hold lab meetings, and I expect that undergraduates attend these meetings, where we will talk about research papers and the science going on in the lab.
If you are interested, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a cover letter describing your interests, your CV, GPA, and relevant coursework.
Prospective postdoctoral associates
I am happy to discuss and work with potential applicants to obtain funding to work on research related to my lab.
Contact us Binghamton University (SUNY) Biological Sciences Department Vestal Parkway East PO Box 6000 Binghamton NY 13902 kprior(at)binghamton.edu