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Research in my lab

I am excited about working with highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students. My research interests are quite broad (Research), so you would have the opportunity to work on a variety of questions in my lab. In general, I expect that students will work on some aspect of the evolution, population genetics, or conservation/management of vertebrates. This could include anything from molecular systematics to relationships among individuals within a single population. Likewise, questions may range from purely scientific investigations to forensic case studies. Although the majority of my research involves North American species, I welcome potential projects on any species. Additionally, I welcome students from a variety of backgrounds; although all research projects in my lab include a genetic component, students with interests and experience in landscape ecology, genomics, wildlife management, conservation biology, and bioinformatics are welcomed. Within the Biological Sciences Department at UWM, several research groups interested in behavioral ecology and molecular ecology interact regularly to discuss papers, ideas, and collaborate on research projects. More information about this group can be found here.

Undergraduate and Masters level students typically work on projects directly related to my ongoing research, but I expect PhD students to develop their own independent line of research. I often have teaching assistant (TA) positions available in my laboratory to help fund students; however, I expect students at all levels to write grants in support of their research. For PhD students, I strongly encourage them to apply for predoctoral fellowships through the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Howard Hughes, or Ford.

I recruit students who are broadly interested in evolutionary questions, but I hope to advise a diverse and dynamic group of students at various stages of their career. I foster an active and open research environment in my laboratory through regular lab group meetings, weekly journal discussions, and open-door mentorship. I encourage students to present their findings and interact with colleagues by attending scientific meetings.

If you would like to work in my laboratory:

  1. Send me an email ( describing your interests, your experience, and how you might fit into my lab.
  2. Apply to the UWM Graduate School. The deadline for Fall admission is December 1 the year prior to admission. Forms and information can be found here.