Inquiries from motivated, engaged and independent people are welcomed at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Our lab focuses on tracking patterns of migration and habitat use of mobile fish species, but students will not be limited to those topics alone as long as the research relates in some way to the core interests of our group. I am particularly keen for students to pursue projects that approach questions in fish ecology with complementary methods (e.g. otolith chemistry and genetics or radiotelemetry).
Interested applicants should first contact Benjamin Walther with a CV and a statement of interests. Experience with fish ecology or geochemical analytical methods (or both) are preferred but not necessary.
Details on application procedures for specific student groups are below:
It is important that prospective students are a good fit in terms of the kind of research questions they want to pursue and the methods they want to employ. When thinking about joining my lab, consider the following questions:
Considering these questions will help you identify whether my lab is a good place for you to be. My goal is not to tie you to a specific question at this early stage, but to understand how you think and approach ecological problems. Applicants that show they have been thoughtful about their aspirations and goals will have a leg up on others.
I welcome applications for both masters and doctoral students.
Undergraduates may also pursue independent research projects in our lab. Support is available from the University from a variety of sources, including the College of Natural Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Please contact me well in advance of the deadlines if you are interested in working at the lab.