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Prospective Graduate Students
I anticipate taking two PhD students for Fall 2024 enrollment. If you are interested in applying for Fall 2024 admission, please fill out this survey preferably by September 2023. I strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship the year prior to enrollment.
I accept PhD students through the UW Department of Biology Graduate Program. While researchers in our lab are motivated to apply our research towards conservation, we have fundamental interests in basic ecological theory. I look for graduate students who are self-driven, value curiosity, creativity, and diverse perspectives, and are willing team-players. Students should have strong quantitative and writing skills and be comfortable doing fieldwork at remote sites. 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, field-based 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 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.
To express interest, please fill out this survey which will ask for:
a CV or resume
a writing sample
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.
Graduate Student Funding
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. To the extent possible, I strive to offer partial funding support to offset TAships, however I encourage all prospective students to pursue alternative internal and external funding opportunities available to them. Below are some fellowship resources, including several that are available to students who are not yet accepted to a graduate program.
Internal funding opportunities:
A comprehensive list of fellowships compiled by the UW Graduate School
Departmental funding (enrolled students)
External funding opportunities:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents only)
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents, individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, political asylees, and refugees)
NASA PhD Science GEM Fellowship Program (US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents only)
Smithsonian Fellowships and Scholarships (All nationalities eligible)
Your local Phi Beta Kappa chapter may have additional fellowships available
Funding opportunities for international students:
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Graduate Scholarship Program
American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships
Fulbright Foreign Student Program (varies by country)
Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) International Peace Scholarship
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship Program
I value postdoctoral researchers in the lab and welcome those with independent funding or those who would like to pursue independent funding to reach out. Here are some postdoctoral fellowship opportunities:
Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship - 3 year fellowship
National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology - 3 year fellowship
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship - 2 year fellowship
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship - 1 year fellowship
L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Postdoctoral Award - $60,000 towards research or salary