Prospective Student Information

I am interested in highly motivated and independent graduate students who wish to conduct research addressing questions in population and evolutionary biology (e.g., phylogeography, speciation & species delimitation, phylogenetics, and macroevolution), particularly involving amphibians and reptiles.  I am also open to graduate students working on other organisms if the research questions compliment the research interests of the lab (e.g., southwestern rodents).  Whereas most of my students use molecular methods for their graduate research, I am also very interested in students wishing to use morphological data and GIS-based ecological niche modeling methods.  Besides projects addressing questions related to lineage diversification and phylogenetic inference, at the moment I am particularly interested in prospective students that would like to use existing phylogenetic information and comparative methods to address questions in macroecology and macroevolution (e.g., species richness, latitudinal/elevational gradients in species diversify, clade diversification processes and patterns, historical biogeography, ecomorphology, life history evolution).

M.S. Students.—Students wishing to work in my lab to obtain an MS degree should apply through the Evolutionary Biology MS Program within the Department of Biology.

Ph.D. Students.—For students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in my lab, at the moment I am primarily interested in recruiting students into our relatively new joint PhD program in Evolutionary Biology, which is a joint program between our
 Department of Biology at SDSU and the University of Califorinia at Riverside.  For the Evolutionary Biology Joint Doctoral Program, I am interested in students wishing to pursue research projects related to population and evolutionary biology (as described above).  Our department and the University of California at Davis also offers a joint Ph.D in Ecology. For the Ecology program, I am interested in students wishing to pursue molecular ecology/population biology oriented projects.