Research Lab Philosophy
I strive to keep my research program grounded within a strong conceptual framework that builds on current ecological theory, and importantly, informs applied management efforts. My current research approach varies according to study needs, though I often employ intensive field studies with monitoring of individuals to assess habitat quality at a variety of spatial scales (i.e., individual-, population-, community/landscape-levels) and to improve current population estimation techniques. Using hard work and a team approach, graduate students in the lab are encouraged to conduct applied, collaborative science that addresses the needs of a variety of interest groups and that fosters opportunities for students to expand upon unique interests and develop of sound scientific questions. My overarching goal is to help students develop the field, analytical, and communication skills that will help them excel in their future careers.
If you have an interest in graduate school, I am always searching for hard-working and self-motivated individuals with a passion for wildlife research. I am happy to work with prospective students to develop funding proposals to support research they are interested in. Prior to contacting me, I would encourage students to examine our research focus and be sure it is consistent with their professional interests. If so, please draft a brief letter describing your experience and research interests, potential collaborators and funding sources, and send it to me via email along with a copy of your CV.