I welcome inquiries from finishing PhD students who are exploring post-doctoral possibilities. I do not currently have funding to hire post-doctoral collaborators but that situation may change, and I am willing to work with you to find funding options.

Graduate Students:

I hope to recruit a PhD (preferably) or MS student to begin fall 2018 to work in grassland systems. If you are interested, please spend some time reading the material available on this website to help determine if my lab would be a good fit for developing your own research interests. Students have access to a well-equipped lab including facilities for plasma metabolites assays, body composition (QMR), microscopy, genetics facilities, isotopic analysis, and more. A great benefit of studying at Kansas State Univeristy is the incredibly easy access to the Konza Prairie Biological Station (only a few miles from campus!) and tremendous support and data resources from the Konza LTER. The most competitive applicants are those who have a solid grounding in ecology and the natural history of the organisms they wish to study, have experience conducting field work, have thought carefully about why they want to go to grad school, and who are independent and hard working. Admission deadlines are in early Dec (for the following Fall’s enrollment) and prospective students can find much valuable information about the Division of Biology’s graduate program here and discover the top 10 reasons to attend grad school at K-State here. Keep in mind that faculty sponsorship is critical to a successful application so please initiate correspondence with me well in advance of that deadline.


Are you interested in …?

  • gaining hands-on experience doing bird research in the outdoors?
  • learning avian physiology techniques in the lab?
  • getting involved in a lab to learn what research and grad school might be like?
  • earning your work-study funds doing something other than food service?
  • learning more about tropical ecology through literature-based projects or working with already-collected samples or data?
  • developing your research skills, including completion of an independent research project?

If so, there may be an opportunity for you. Depending on the time of year, goals and skills of the student, I may have projects suitable for internships, independent research, or credit.

What you should do:

Make sure you spend some time reading the information on this website and consider reading one or two of my papers. If you are still interested, please send me an email in which you describe what it is you hope to get out of working in my lab, and what degree and year you are in. Please also attach a document containing an up-to-date CV that lists relevant coursework and describes any research experience you have had (if any). We will meet and together develop a plan that includes clear expectations of the scientific goals of the work and expectations.