Prospective Students

Photograph of artwork with fish impressions. Photo: J. Armstrong

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Graduate School Opportunities

What do I look for in a student?  I want students who are going to collaborate with me on new and interesting science.  I am looking for colleagues who are creative, energetic, willing to learn new ideas and techniques, as well as teach us new ways to look at the natural world.  I do not have predetermined expectations about the background or experience you must have to get into graduate school. Rather, I seek people who can add new perspectives to our existing work or expand the lab in a new direction.  I am also a firm believer that students (and PIs!) should seek interactions across disciplines, so as to motivate each other with a diversity of perspectives and expertise.  My job as an advisor is to help you find an intellectual path that is both exciting and motivating.  I do not expect students to work on a predetermined set of questions.  Instead, I try to emphasize the skills necessary to design and implement their own research projects, including field and lab techniques for collecting data, while at the same time developing the ability to use models and existing data to broaden your science.  I expect that students will be active participants in developing and implementing the scientific ideas they hope to pursue.

If you are interested in applying to work in my lab, please read about the types of science we do here and in the literature.   I can accept graduate students through the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.  Information on admissions can be found on the SAFS website. Also, to help me assess the potential fit, please email me a brief description of your interests and experience, reasons why you think I might be a good fit as your advisor, and your plans in terms of degree and after graduation.   If you have written a fellowship application (e.g., NSF GRFP) or research manuscript, please include a copy of those as well.

Undergraduate Opportunities

We are frequently looking out for good students interested in helping carry out research. This might include bench chemistry for fatty acid or amino acid analysis in fish tissue, stable isotope sample preparation, or general laboratory tasks. We do not currently have any paid opportunities, but opportunities exist for committed volunteers.