I advise students in the Department of Integrative Biology. If you are interested in joining my lab as a graduate student, please contact me during the Fall semester (earlier in the semester is better). This will give us some time to discuss your research interests and determine if there is sufficient overlap in our interests. The deadline for the official application is usually in late January or early February. The graduate program in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University has both master’s and doctoral programs. Students are supported through teaching assistantships and research assistantships (when available), and have tuition, benefits included. For US students a healthcare plan is fully covered. For international students, there is an additional cost for a mandatory healthcare plan – link. You might also want to apply for fellowships for graduate school, such as those offered by NSF GRFP or Ford Foundation, or this list. If you are an international student, here are some potential fellowship resources.
Before contacting me, please read about my research as well as some of my recent publications, to ensure that our research interests coincide. If you email me, have some ideas and questions in mind that reflect the types of research questions you are thinking about for your graduate research. I will accept students working on a variety of topics, in different systems, and with a variety of methods. I use a combination of molecular, field, museum, experimental, and simulation based work, and encourage my students to combine these approaches in their research, but am especially interested in students that have exciting questions that include integrative “omics” approaches to address fundamental questions in ecology and evolution. I am open to interesting questions in diverse systems, as long as you are able to bring the necessary natural history expertise.
I work to foster a diverse STEM with equity, inclusion, and parity, and I encourage students that come from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in STEM to get in touch.