Prospective graduate students

I am always looking for new graduate students who are broadly interested in community ecology, especially how evolution molds the current communities we observe. Please contact me if you have any interest in joining my lab ( I also strongly recommend that you look over recent pubs from my lab and my research descriptions to see if this fits with your interests. You can also find out more information about the Ecology and Evolution program at Florida State University. For application information, contact the Department of Biological Science.

undergraduate research

There are a variety of different opportunities for undergraduates in my lab.

Volunteer! -- yes, the first way to get into most labs is to volunteer to help out in the lab or field. In particular, we often involve undergraduates in field work in the Apalachicola Forest or on St. George Island to help set-up or clean up large experimental plots.

DIS (Directed Independent Study) -- I generally have 2-6 DIS students per year work in my lab. Their projects may be self-generated based on their own interests or may be developed in consultation with me. DIS courses must be approved by the department and students must meet strict guidelines. As part of the DIS, students will be expected to write a short proposal, conduct research, analyze and organize the results, and write a final report in scientific form. Two-semester DIS projects are common.  Guidelines for the research proposal can be found here.

UROP @ FSU -- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program provides "high-achieving students an engaging community with the flexibility and funding opportunities to explore their full range of interests." This program is oriented towards first and second year students and can help to connect interested students with available labs and faculty mentors.  Check it out.

REU from NSF (Research Experience for Undergraduates) --I have no REU opportunities at this time.