If there are openings for a student position in our lab group they will be posted below.
After reading the position descriptions it is very important that you communicate with me (Claudio) in advance of submitting a formal application to a specific graduate program. In your communication, I would like to see if your interests, background and motivation for graduate research matches the specific project and our lab group in general. In that initial communication, please send ONE attachment (pdf) that includes: (1) a cover letter that gives me sense of your background, why you are interested in the position, the lab and why you want to go to graduate school, (2) a CV or résumé with academic, professional and other relevant experiences listed, self-reported GPA and GRE (if available or when you expect to take it).
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 will typically narrow down my list of candidates and communicate with students around December to invite a formal application to the graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. 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.
Current opportunities: (updated October 12, 2013)
I currently have two research proposals in review that address the topics below. I won’t know if they will be funded or not until the early spring so I am uncertain as to whether I will fill any positions this year.
Native pollinators and bioenergy
This project would examine how harvesting of grasslands devoted to bioenergy production may affect wild bees. The project would take place primarily in Virginia in collaboration with our NGO and business partners. We are trying to evaluate the potential value of bioenergy grasslands for bee conservation and to development of best-management practices for bioenergy that enhance insect conservation. I would be looking for a MS level student starting as early as summer 2014. Funding would be through a mix of research and teaching assistantships for approximately two years.
Effects of insects on ecosystem processes
This project would continue our long-term work in northeastern Iceland that has been examining the diverse roles that insects (midges) have on terrestrial ecosystems. In collaboration with Dr. Randy Jackson (Grassland Ecology) we will be examining how plant communities affect the ability of insects as “allochthonous” resources to affect terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. We are looking for a PhD student interested in the linkages between above-ground and below-ground food webs and the roles that insects have in affecting microbial processes and ecosystem functioning. Funding would be through a mix of research and teaching assistantships and would require travel and research to Iceland during the summer months.