Potential Graduate Students

Typically my students work on questions investigating relationships between the behavioral ecology of animals and ecological functions in managed ecosystems. My students have developed projects in Latin America and Michigan. Part of my appointment here at MSU is with the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. This group does a great deal of remote sensing/GIS work and is a nice resource for my students.Sean Williams, 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 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 send me their GRE scores, including percentile information, a list of science courses taken with grades, GPA, and a CV. With this initial information I can let you know whether you would be competitive in the admissions process.