Graduate student opportunities
I am always interested in finding highly motivated students to join the lab. Students in my lab are exposed to a diverse range of approaches, including field research, laboratory experiments, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and computer simulation and process modeling, to address broad questions in ecology. I foster a collaborative atmosphere, so students should be able to work smoothly in a group dynamic. If you are interested in being a student in my lab, please email me a short note of introduction. Include in your letter relevant information about yourself, such as your research background and scientific interests. You should also send a resume and your GPA and GRE scores (with percentiles). I am looking for students with extracurricular research experience, an enthusiatic and positive attitude, and, above all, a deep committment to their work.
There are two options for graduate study in my lab. The graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Bioology (PEEC) is an interdiscplinary, stand-alone program designed to prepare students for research and teaching careers in ecology and evolutionary biology. The second option is the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). This department is ideal for those interested in interdisciplinary projects and provides strong training on topics ranging from soil and water resources to human dimensions of environmental science. In both programs, there are few fixed courses required of all students, and individuals are given maximum flexibility to pursue their interests with supervision from their advisory committee. Students are generally funded by a mix of TA and RA support.
Students may apply to either the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (PEEC) or the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Note that a completed application and supporting materials are due January 1 for PEEC and Januray 15 for NRES for the following fall. Please contact me well in advance of these deadlines if you are considering applying to work with me.
General minimum requirements for admission into either program include a cumulative GPA >= 3.0 for undergraduate coursework, and an average GRE percentile rank >= 75% (Q + V). However, students with higher GPAs and GRE scores will be more competitive. Please see the NRES Graduate Program and PEEC web page for more details. To find out more information about a project, please contact me.