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              I have an active lab group composed of both graduate and undergraduate students. I am looking for motivated students to begin graduate studies in Fall, 2020 or Spring 2021; please feel free to contact me if you are interested. Our application deadline for Spring Fall is January 10, 2020. For information on how to apply, please clickhere. In addition, I am always looking for dedicated undergraduates to conduct independent research projects. Several previous undergraduate students have become authors on scientific publications, with numerous former students having won awards at WSU.

In general, I will consider accepting students with a diversity of interests so long as I have the expertise to advise them. However, I am most interested in students that wish to study aspects of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease, landscape genomics and/or amphibian-pathogen coevolution. Check my Research page for more information about what I do, and please do not hesitate to email me as well. The Graduate Program in the School of Biological Sciences is very active, with over 70 graduate students. All students are offered funding (either via a Teaching or Research Assistantship) upon acceptance to the program.

My general philosophy for advising graduate students is to be the central part of a support network with the goal of helping my students succeed in whatever career they choose. The support network also includes peers, other faculty, including members of a student advisory committee and university infrastructure. Some ask whether I am “hands on" or “hands off." My style is that I will give students the independence they need. Some students may need more guidance and attention than others, and thus, I tailor my advising to the needs of individuals, rather than having a blanket advising style. Anyone who works with me knows that I have an “open door policy," and I am most often available to discuss ideas or
answer questions.

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