Undergraduate Research Opportunities
If you are an undergraduate interested in conducting research in the lab, you should look through the research, people and publications pages to see whether your interests align with ongoing research projects in the lab. If so, please contact myself or other lab members, ideally in fall quarter, when we generally open up volunteer research positions to undergraduate researchers. Before contacting us, check out the lab website (people and research papges) to get a sense of the research you are particularly interested in. If you contact us, please provide specific information that would help us assess which research projects might be best suited to you (including transcripts, a resume, and some details about why you are interested in the lab). Be aware that ecological research can take a lot of time, certainly no less than a quarter and generally 3-4 quarters. Undergraduates generally assist myself, graduate students or postdocs for at least one quarter (~3-4 hours a week) before pursuing independent research projects. You may also want to check out research opportunites through the Biology department and the UW Mary Gates Endowment.
SUMMER FIELD INTERNSHIPS: We generally hire a few interns for summer field work each year. Opportunities are posted in March / April (here as well as via the Biology Undergraduate liserv), with interviews conducted in April. The summer field season starts in mid June.
I take on graduate students with a broad interest in community ecology, with sufficiently similar interests to mine so that I feel qualified to advise them, who work well with others, and who have previous research experience. I provide graduate students in my lab with intellectual guidance in 1) developing an interesting and important ecological research question, 2) executing the observations and experiments necessary to tackling that question, and 3) disseminating the results that research in the form of talks and papers. I expect graduate students who join my lab to strive to become creative and independent thinkers, to interact and collaborate within the lab, and to take an active role securing funding for their research projects. Check the Biology website for information on our application deadline. I recommend that all eligible graduate school applicants apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship (deadline in late October). This grant provides three years of fellowship funding.
*****I am not recruiting any graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year*****
I am always happy to talk to prospective postdocs who have their own funding or wish to apply for joint funding (I do not currently have any empty postdoctoral positions). Please contact me with research ideas and potential funding sources if you fall into this category. Check out current NSF funding for postdoctoral research fellowships and the eScience postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington - which provides 2-year postdoctoral fellowships in interdisciplinary research in data sciences and in life sciences.
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