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, and in how altered interactions affect community and ecosystem level processes, along with how to restore or manage 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, 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 my 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 try my hardest to provide good guidance on your project, support for your project, feedback on your grant and fellowship proposals, papers and presentation, 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 and meaningful science, and to publish papers, present work at conferences, and apply for grants and fellowships. Part of graduate training is to be able to communicate with various scientists. To this end, students should participate in the lab and Department as a whole, attending seminars, discussion groups, and lab meetings.
Binghamton University is set in a beautiful location in the Southern Tier of New York. We have a vibrant Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior group with ~25 EEB graduate students in a broader Biology Department. Students are supported on teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Contact me directly in the Fall 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 5-6 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 (email@example.com) with a cover letter describing your interests, your CV, GPA, and relevant coursework.
I am happy to discuss and work with potential applicants to obtain funding to work on research related to my lab.
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