If there are openings for a student position in our lab group they will be posted below.
I generally seeks students who are broadly interested in ecology, so please visit our Wisconsin Ecology website to see what other great ecology is happening here on campus. Other desirable attributes that make for successful applications include: demonstrated abilities to work independently, excellent communication skills (written and oral), prior research or other experiences that form the basis for your interest in graduate school, high motivation, and the ability to work as a part of a diverse team.
I accept students both through the Entomology and Zoology MS and PhD programs as well as the Agroecology program. Visit the web sites of each department for admission deadlines and application requirements and do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Admissions staff to ask procedural questions.
Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity
Landscape Ecology of Monarch Butterflies
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Start Date: ideal Spring 2018
We are seeking a highly motivated student for either an MS or PhD track to join a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to study monarch butterfly ecology and conservation in a landscape context. The project will consist of exploring how ecological factors that affect monarchs, such as host plant quality and predation, vary across landscapes and how habitat quality, patch size and configuration may alter monarch survivorship and recruitment. The project at directors UW are Dr. Claudio Gratton (Entomology), and Karen Oberhauser (Entomology), and at USFWS Chris Trosen and Wayne Thogmartin.
Competitive applicants will have backgrounds in biology, ecology or entomology with an interest in conservation and insect biology. Prior experience doing field work and being part of a research project is desirable. Strong quantitative skills (computation, statistics, coding) are also desirable. Communication skills (oral and writing) are important as is the ability to work on a team.
To apply, please submit a formal application to be considered for admission to graduate programs here at UW-Madison. We will take students through various programs including Entomology, Integrative Biology, or Agroecology (MS only). Please apply to your preferred program. In your personal statement of the application make sure explain your motivations for graduate school, why you would be a good fit for our groups and this project specifically, and what you would contribute to the project, the department, and the university. If you any questions about the application submission process, contact the graduate program administrators for each of the programs. After submission, please let us know you have submitted an application by filling out this form.
We will begin screening applications in early December 2017, have initial online or phone interviews in late December/early January, and extend an invitation for an on-campus visit in early February. Final decisions will be made by late February 2018. Starting date for the position could be as early as March 2018.
Current funding for the project guarantees a 2 year research assistantship (covers annual stipend and tuition remission) and could be extended through additional teaching assistantship or research assistantships.