Staff research positions
I am not currently advertising any staff research positions.
Graduate student opportunities
I have graduate faculty status in University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, thus prospective students should familiarize themselves with Warnell’s application requirements and deadlines. Interested students should also contact me directly with the following: a CV (including a summary of your GPA and GRE scores), copies of any previously published papers, and a brief 1-2 page statement of research interests that details your research and professional goals and why you specifically want to work in my lab. Interested students are encouraged to read my mentoring philosophy and expectation of students below.
I am not currently advertising any graduate positions at this time.
Undergraduate student opportunities
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My mentoring philosophy and expectations of lab members
All of my lab’s research projects are funded by grants, and are thus deliverable-driven -- meaning they require meeting deadlines. In addition, many are long-term projects that require sustained maintenance and attention. Therefore, I have high expectations of student and technician performance and dedication to the overall lab mission.
All people in the lab (whether student or technician) will have the opportunity—and in fact will be expected—to assist in all ongoing projects in the lab. This will benefit each lab member by providing him/her the opportunity to familiarize him/herself with the diversity of projects and to get to know fellow labmates.
All members of the lab will provide assistance in the general lab activities and operations (e.g., hosting visiting scientists). While these activities may not always be specifically related to their individual research project, they will nonetheless provide experiences important for professional development.
Each person will have specific responsibilities that are suited to his/her strengths but that also advance his/her professional development. Each person will have the opportunity to be involved in all stages of research, including study design, data collection, sample analysis, data synthesis, and communication of results (in oral, written and poster format).
Every lab member, particularly graduate students, will be expected to publish the results of their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Students should expect to have their work in “submission-ready” format prior to graduation.
- As with most research labs, there are datasets and archived samples that have not been fully mined. Those who are so motivated can assist in publishing these data either as a co-author or, depending on the circumstances, the senior author. The job’s not done until the data are published!
Because there several concurrent projects going on in the lab at any one time and because I have many of my own professional commitments, I am looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated students who have a clear idea of the types of research questions they want to immerse themselves in. I will do my best to facilitate student and technician research, expose lab members to professional development opportunities, provide feedback and guidance on project ideas and resulting manuscripts, and to identify potential collaborators. However, I will depend on the lab members, particularly students, to do the necessary literature review and to take a lead role in both project development and execution.