Potential Graduate Students

Typically my students work on questions investigating relationships between the behavioral ecology of animals and ecological functions in managed ecosystems like agricultural or restoration systems. My students have developed projects in Latin America and Michigan. Sean scanning the rain forest canopy from the ground, Madre de Dios, Peru

I expect my students to be independent, developing their own projects, and following through with data collection, interpretation, and publication of the results. I expect students to write grant proposals to fund their field research.

Typically I am contacted by thirty potential students a year. From the ones who end up applying by the deadline, Dec. 1, I usually choose between one and three to sponsor. Sponsorship by at least one faculty member is necessary for your application to be considered for admission. However, sponsorship does not guarantee admission. All sponsored applicants are ranked and then admission is offered to those on the list until funds run out.

I ask potential students to let me know why they think my lab might be a good fit for them and send me a list of the science courses they have taken, their GPA, and a CV. GRE scores, including percentile information, are also helpful. With this initial information I can let you know whether you would be competitive in the admissions process.