I will be taking graduate students to start in Fall 2019 through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at Iowa State (Applications due January 15, but you should contact me much earlier for full consideration). You should have interests that overlap with mine, be a good team/group member, and have previous independent research experience. While TA support and limited research funds are available, I encourage all students to apply for external funding to cover salary/tuition (e.g. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, EPA STAR Fellowship, Ford Fellowship) as well as funding to cover research expenses (e.g. NSF DDIG, Sigma Xi, Lewis & Clark grant). I strongly encourage prospective students to apply for the NSF GRFP the same time as they are applying for graduate school. Unless I advertise for a specific position, I expect students to develop their own research questions. If the research is field based, students should select the best place to address that question. That place may be the Mariana Islands, where much of my research takes place, but it could also be Iowa, or anywhere else in the world. Unless I have a specific, funded project, I am generally looking for students interested in a PhD rather than a MS degree. If you are interested in joining my lab, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You should describe why you are interested and attach an updated CV.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
If you are an undergraduate at Iowa State University, University of Guam, Northern Marianas College, or Guam Community College, and are looking for research experience, please send me an email with your interests and availability. I typically expect students to dedicate at least 2 semesters to assisting me or others in my lab with their research, before they conduct an independent research project. Work-study students at Iowa State are particularly encouraged to contact me.
I am happy to talk with prospective postdocs who have their own funding or wish to apply for joint funding. Please contact me with research ideas and potential funding sources if you fall into this category.