The Abrahms Lab opened its doors in September 2020!

Prospective Graduate Students

I am not accepting graduate students for Fall 2022. If you are interested in applying for Fall 2023 admission, please contact me in late summer or early fall 2022.

I accept PhD students through the UW Department of Biology Graduate Program. I look for graduate students who respect diverse perspectives, are interested in applying ecological theory to wildlife conservation, have demonstrated excellent quantitative and writing skills, are comfortable doing fieldwork at remote sites, and thrive in both team-based and independent work environments. The lab welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and anti-racism in our field.

Currently, projects are focused on two study systems: 1) African carnivores in Botswana (see my partner organization, Botswana Predator Conservation), and 2) penguins in Argentina (see the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels Magellanic Penguin Project). There are plentiful opportunities for side projects using existing data outside of these systems, but these systems are where long-term data collection and ongoing fieldwork in my lab are currently targeted.

When contacting me, please include:

  • a CV or resume

  • a writing sample

  • the names and contact information for three references

  • a brief description of your research interests and an explanation of why you are pursuing a graduate degree and why my lab is a good fit for your professional and personal goals.

Read up here, here, and here for some helpful tips about reaching out to potential advisors.


If admitted, the Biology Graduate Program will provide 5 years of guaranteed funding support (salary, benefits, & tuition), a substantial portion of which may be through Teaching Assistantships. Although I will offer partial funding support to offset TAships whenever possible, I encourage all prospective students to pursue alternative internal and external funding opportunities available to them. Many of the below fellowships are available to students who are not yet accepted to a graduate program.

Internal funding opportunities:

External funding opportunities:

Funding opportunities for international students: