PhD Announcement

If you are interested in applying for a Ph.D., please review this website and my papers carefully before writing me. Ph.D. students with their own Ph.D. funding (e.g. NSF Graduate Fellowships, EPA-STAR Fellowships) are preferred. With your cover letter, make sure to send a CV and a statement of research outlining why you want to do a Ph.D. in our lab. If you are applying, also check the research of other Biology Department faculty and list any other potential faculty advisors in your application. We also welcome highly motivated undergraduates to participate in our lab's research.

This fall, I am accepting applications from highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in joining my lab at the University of Utah Department of Biology. Our application dealine is January 4, 2016 and prospective applicants should visit my website:

The University of Utah Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology program provides 5 years of Ph.D. funding and has strengths in various fields. Students with their own funding will have much better chances of acceptance. Make sure to look into external Ph.D. funding opportunities (e.g. NSF Graduate Fellowships, EPA-STAR Fellowships). I can offer additional support in the form of research assistantships. Our Global Change and Ecosystem Center provides opportunities for broad interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

In my lab, in addition to the possibility of conservation ecology field research in a range of ecosystems in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Utah, Ph.D. students can undertake conservation, ecology, biogeography, life history, and evolutionary meta-analyses of our global bird database, covering all the world's bird species and updated continuously. Besides conducting long-term bird banding and telemetry projects, we also study the conservation ecology and population biology of carnivores (brown bears, lynx, and wolves) in eastern Turkey. Highly motivated students with interest in other taxa and prepared to take initiative should note that past collaborations included taxa ranging from plants to bird lice to amphibians.

I will appreciate if you can spread the word, especially to your best students and other good candidates interested in doing a Ph.D. in conservation ecology, environmental science, wildlife biology, ornithology, or related fields. I will be at the Society for Conservation Biology meeting in Auckland during December 6-9 and can talk to anyone interested in this position. Those of you there should also try to see our symposium that has excellent speakers from all over the world:

All By Myself? Increasing the Involvement of Conservation Scientists in Effective Grassroots Conservation Action Worldwide