For Prospective Graduate Students
All of my students are part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdisciplinary Program at ISU. EEB involves faculty and students from about 7 departments, including Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Botany, Zoology, Entomology, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, and Statistics. In general, I prefer that MS students work within one of the projects with which I am currently involved, although I expect students to find their own niche within the project's scope. On occasion, I am willing to consider other interesting ideas, but only if I think I have the resources and expertise to make a good thesis possible.
For PhD students, I am more flexible, and I expect that you have original ideas of your own to pursue. These might occur within the context of one of my projects or considerably outside of it. In either case, my role will be one of keeping the self-motivated student on an intellectually profitable path, facilitating the acquisition of resources to conduct research, and generally instilling a perspective on ecological processes that I feel is enlightening and useful.
My grad students have generally focused their research on field work. However, some of them have had significant modeling components to their dissertations and theses. I feel that at the PhD level, it is important to have both empirical and theoretical components in the dissertation work.
If you are so inclined, please contact me directly via phone, email, classic mail, etc. Plan on visiting too. You might be surprised (good or bad) by what you discover on a visit to ISU. You will get to meet other grad students and faculty and be able to build a mental image of how you might fit in to my program.
If you wish to apply to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Program at ISU, you can do so after obtaining an application for graduate school from the Graduate College webpage; be sure to indicate that EEB is the specific program that you are interested.
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