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I have an active lab group composed of both graduate and undergraduate students. I am looking for motivated students to begin graduate studies in Spring, 2019 or Fall, 2019; please feel free to contact me if you are interested. Our application deadline for Spring is September 15, 2018, and Fall is January 10, 2019. For information on how to apply, please click here. In addition, I am always looking for dedicated undergraduates to conduct independent research projects. Several previous undergraduate students have become authors on scientific publications, with numerous former students have won awards at WSU.

In general, I will consider accepting students with a diversity of interests so long as I have the expertise to advise them. However, I am most interested in students that wish to study aspects of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease, landscape genomics, and amphibian-pathogen coevolution. Check my Research page for more information about what I do, and please do not hesitate to email me as well. The Graduate Program in the School of Biological Sciences is very active, with over 70 graduate students. All students are offered to fund (either via a Teaching or Research Assistantship) upon acceptance to the program.

My general philosophy for advising graduate students is to be the central part of a support network with the goal of helping my students succeed in whatever career they choose. The support network also includes peers, other faculties, including members of a student advisory committee and university infrastructure. Some ask whether I am “hands-on” or “hands off.” My style is that I will give students the independence they need. Some students may need more guidance and attention than others, and thus, I tailor my advising to the needs of individuals, rather than having a blanket advising style. Anyone who works with me knows that I have an “open door policy,” and I am most often available to discuss ideas or answer questions.

Contact me

I would be happy to talk to you if you need my assistance in your application or want more information about our lab.