Special Opportunity—New Zealand Biogeography: I'm recruiting PhD students interested in biogeography, phylogeography or evolutionary ecology to join my lab at the University of Oklahoma! We use New Zealand as a model system to understand how dynamic geological and climatic histories have shaped patterns of genetic, genomic and species diversity across complex landscapes. Pending acceptance into the OU Department of Biology grad program, some RA funding is available for this work. Students with experience and interests in population genetic/genomics, ecological modelling, and/or other biogeographical methods are particularly encouraged to apply by Dec 15! Applications which indicate a high level of curiosity, creativity and collaborative potential are most likely to be successful.
I strive to create an open, diverse, supportive and inclusive research environment. Note that the ability to do field work is not required for graduate research in my lab.
I am recruiting graduate students! My work includes a blend of field and wet lab-based and data-oriented research, and I invite students with interests in either or both. Past field work has centered around New Zealand, but in the next few years, we will establish a field program in Oklahoma, which has one of the steepest environmental gradients in the United States. You can find out more about the OU graduate program here. If this sounds interesting, please get in touch! All prospective grad students should be aware that the annual deadline for applications is December 15, for students starting the following Fall semester.
I am also recruiting undergraduate students! If you are looking for research experience or a lab 'home' for your honors project, please reach out!
Geographical Ecology at OU: Geographical ecology is a significant core focus of the OU Department of Biology, and members of my lab will have the opportunity to interact with the talented faculty, postdocs and students in the Geographical Ecology focus group and throughout the department, the Oklahoma Biological Survey, and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. OU sits at the center of one of the steepest longitudinal precipitation gradients in North America, and we are well within reach of the Southern Plains, the deciduous forests of the Ouachitas and Ozarks, and the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. OU is also home to state-of-the-art climate and weather research, offering exciting opportunities for collaboration.