I am always looking for ambitious Ph.D. students who are driven to make a career in science that plays out in academics, government, or the private sector. I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students with any undergraduate major appropriate to study of Ecology and Evolution. I advise and co-advise graduate students in the Population Biology Graduate Group
and the Ecology Graduate Group
and have also co-advised several graduate students with faculty in other graduate groups (such as Plant Biology
, Plant Pathology
, Applied Math
, and Entomology
). The typical enquiry begins with correspondence, usually by email, in summer or fall, often continues with an informal visit in fall, a formal application in early Winter Quarter, an interview visit, and an admission decision in mid to late winter. Applications should be made directly to the appropriate graduate group with clear statement of interest to work in our laboratory. Financial support for graduate studies includes fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and other arrangements. Most graduate support comes to our students from the graduate groups at UCD, the National Science Foundation, The EPA, private foundations, and from my and colleagues' research grants.