Prospective Students

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

            I am actively recruiting students to join my lab as PhD Students (I generally do not take students pursuing a Masters degree).  I welcome students working on a diverse range of topics (see Research), and I’m especially interested in students who are interested in working at the interface of applied questions and basic science (e.g. conservation and population biology, disease ecology and public health), and students with quantitative backgrounds who are interested in working at the interface of data and models.  I expect my students to be willing to learn both mathematics and statistics, even if they are not particularly adept at either at present.

If you are interested in joining my lab, please read the Research page, then go to the Publications page and familiarize yourself with both the topics of my research, and my research methodology.  Two good examples of this are (find pdfs for them on the Publications page):

Kilpatrick, A.M., Daszak, P., Jones, M.J. , Marra, P.P., Kramer, L.D. 2006. Host heterogeneity dominates West Nile virus transmission. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 273 (1599) 2327-2333.

Kudos if you can point out two shortcomings in this paper that changes the results substantially (one makes it more likely that robins are responsible for infecting >90% of the mosquitoes!).  A hint: what would you expect the ratio of robin seroprevalence to house sparrow seroprevalence to be?

Langwig, K.E., W.F. Frick, J.T. Bried, A.C. Hicks, T.H. Kunz, A.M. Kilpatrick. 2012. Sociality, density-dependence, and microclimates determine the persistence of populations suffering from a novel fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. Ecology Letters 15 (9) 1050-1057

Can you explain multiple reasons why the spatial and temporal analyses of population trajectories of little brown bats in this paper aren’t inconsistent (hint: at first sight, they appear to contradict each other).

If, after puzzling over these questions, you’re still interested, then please send me an email with a CV including your GPA (and the scale, or maximum possible GPA at your institution), your GRE scores (and percentiles) if you have them, and a description of what you’re be interested in working on –  brainstorm a few ideas.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION:

Make sure to apply for as many graduate fellowships as you might be qualified for the same year (in the Fall, generally) that you apply for graduate school.  This will make you much more attractive to me (and other potential faculty advisors) and give you some experience brainstorming a research project.
The NSF graduate fellowship and EPA STAR fellowships are the two best and most general that I know of:
http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

(Deadline: Usually in November)

http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/#CurrentStar

(Deadline typically early Nov.)

The EPA STAR fellowship program appears to come and go, so please check to see if the graduate fellowships are being offered in Ecology in the year you are applying.  There are many other graduate fellowships out there (e.g. http://hertzfoundation.org/fellowships/application/), and many targeting particular types of students that may include you!  Please spend some time searching for these including talking to faculty and grad students at your undergraduate institution.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marm