Generally speaking, I will never close my door to the possibility of taking in new students. The size of my lab at present time is not limited by a desire to have fewer students; on the contrary, the lab is enriched by having more students with diverse interests and backgrounds -- the more the better! However, the size of my lab is dictated by my financial ability to support students, as well as by time I have available to provide adequate mentorship.
Currently, I do not have funding available for additional students, and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences requires students to have at least 3/4 of their degree fully funded (stipend+tuition+fees). However, SAFS offers competitive fellowships to the top ~5% of each applicant pool, and I am also able to take students with their own funding (e.g. NSF Fellowships, Nancy Foster Scholarships, etc.). Thus, I encourage students interested in our research to explore these avenues and others, and to contact me if you are interested in joining us. When contacting me, it is helpful for you to have some general idea of what your research interests are, and for you to send a CV in the initial email. If I don't respond within a week or two, ping me again!
Having a diverse research team is critical to the success of our lab, and we are actively engaged in increasing diversity in every facet of our research and outreach. Simply put, we operate best as a group when we have a varied set of backgrounds, life experiences, employment histories, cultural identities, and personalities. Thus, I especially encourage students and post-docs from all backgrounds to apply, including those from underserved or underrepresented minority groups, students with disabilities, and or those from non-traditional backgrounds. The Fish Systematics and Biodiversity Lab strives to provide a safe and equitable environment that maintains a culture of inclusion. We welcome teammates from all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations and genders. I have only one prerequisite: you absolutely positively MUST love studying fishes!