OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Positions in the lab

Experience has taught me that curious, eager, and self-motivated individuals typically are most successful in research, so those are the type of people I look for as members of my lab group whether as research assistants, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, or volunteers. That means that successful applicants for lab positions will have a strong work ethic, be able to solve problems independently, undertake work using a task-oriented approach, and be motivated by their desire to learn about the natural world. It's also important that lab members are fun people to be around and enjoy being part of a dynamic research group.

 

Postdoctoral researchers

Current postdocs or graduate students near the end of their degree programs who are interested in the lab are encouraged to contact me to discuss the possibility of obtaining funding for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab. I also have funding for postdocs to join the lab periodically, most of which are focused on applied topics within the area of forest management.

 

Graduate students

Potential graduate students are encouraged to look over my website and read through my publications to get a good understanding of my research interests and the type of work I conduct. If it seems like our interests match, feel free to send me an updated copy of your CV and a detailed cover letter stating how working in my lab fits into your long-term career goals. That said, it should be noted that Teaching Assistantships in my department are rather limited so most graduate students are restricted to being funded by large grants that I obtain or through funding that students receive individually (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship).

 

Undergraduate students

In the past I have regularly taken on a large group of volunteers each summer for my Tachycineta swallow research project that is conducted a short distance from Oregon State University. Students volunteered their time and received valuable training in species identification, animal handling, and data collection, and then can obtain additional opportunities to develop other skill sets. More recently, I have hired students to work on field crews and in the lab, and have mentored several students through the URSA Engage Program. I also advise Honors College students who are keen to conduct independent research that has ties to ongoing lab projects.