Interested in joining the lab?

Graduate Students: 

I currently have a full lab, and am not planning to recruit new students to begin fall 2016. If you are interested in applying for future admission deadlines, please spend some time reading the material available on this website to determine if my interests and skills would help you develop your own research interests. While most of my own work has been in avian systems (and to a limited extent, relations between plants and birds via seed dispersal), I am also interested in working with other taxa, in particular bats. Students interested in physiological ecology will have access to a well-equiped  lab including facilities for plasma metabolites assays, body composition (QMR), microscopy, genetics facilities, preparing isotope samples, and more. Students can work at either local field sites such as the Konza LTER (only a few miles from campus!), at my one of my tropical field sites in Costa Rica (see also La Selva), or other locations as appropriate for the questions they wish to pursue. The most competetive student applicants are those who have a solid grounding in the basic biology of the organisms they wish to study, have experience conducting field work, have thought carefully about what they want out of grad school, and who are critical thinkers. Admission deadlines are early Dec (for the next Fall's enrollment) and prospective students can find much valuable information about the Division of Biology's graduate program here and discover the top 10 reasons to attend grad school at K-State here! Keep in mind that faculty sponsorship is critical to a successful application so please initiate correspondance with me well in advance of that deadline.


Are you...?
  • interested in gaining hands-on experience doing bird research in the outdoors?
  • learning avian physiology techniques in lab?
  • learning more about tropical ecology through literature-based projects or working with already-collected samples or data?
  • developing your research skills, including completion of an independent resaerch project?
  • motivated and disciplined enough to follow through on a project over several months?
If so, there may be an opportunity for you. Depending on the time of year and goals of the student, I may have projects in mind suitable for internships, independent research, or credit.

What you should do:

Make sure you spend some time reading the information on this website and consider reading one or two of my papers. If you are still interested, please send me an email in which you describe what it is about my work that interests you, what you hope to get out of working in my lab, and what degree and year you are in. Please also attach a document containing an up-to-date CV that lists relevant coursework and describes any research experience you have had (if any). If it seems you may be a good fit for the lab, we will meet and together develop a plan that includes clear expectations of the scientific goals of the work and expectations. 


I welcome inquiries from finishing PhD students who are exploring post-doctoral possibilities. I do not currently have funding to hire post-doctoral collaborators but that situation may change, and I am willing to work with you to find funding options. 

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