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Thank you for your interest in joining my lab. I regret that I am not able to reply to every email that I receive inquiring about opportunities. Please know that I read them all and give them due consideration. However, I am only able reply to those inquiries that indicate a strong match in terms of the profile of the applicant that I am interested in recruiting. This page is intended to provide guidance to prospective applicants interested in joining the WHET Lab, whether undergraduate interns, graduate students, or postdoctoral candidates. Please read the relevant section below.
Compatibility is essential for a successful mentor-mentee relationship. The profile of the applicant that I am interested in recruiting has three key components:
A strong quantitative background1 and proficiency2 in a scientific programming language;
A high level of maturity, as demonstrated by clear, goal-oriented thinking, responsibility in the timely completion of tasks assigned, and an ability to work independently and to communicate clearly and on a regular basis;
A sincere desire to work as part of a team, get along with and respect the opinions of others, and foster a welcoming and collaborative environment.
1By quantitative background I mean having a formal degree at the appropriate level in Math, Computer Science, Biostatistics, Ecology, or Environmental/Marine Science.
2Proficiency refers to having a working knowledge of syntax rules, ability to read programs, and ability to write logically correct programs in scientific programming languages such as R, Python, or Matlab.
Occasionally I recruit undergraduate student interns to participate in a research project, particularly during summer months. However, note that these opportunities will be coordinated exclusively through existing internship programs, which are listed here and here.
I also welcome hearing from students in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department's undergraduate internship program who are interested in doing a research internship with me. However, provided that the student matches the profile, I will require several months of lead time to make the necessary provisions, so it is unlikely that I will respond to last-minute requests.
I hope to recruit 1–2 graduate students every year through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, but this will be largely dependent on funding availability. There are several possible funding options:
Finally, I am currently focusing on advising students seeking a thesis-oriented degree (MSc or PhD), so for the moment I am not accepting students applying for the departmental Fisheries or Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate or the Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration programs.
I will be able to fund a postdoc (i.e., pay for your salary and benefits) only if I have an existing grant that covers these costs. Any open position will be advertised here and will be filled on a competitive basis.
Alternatively, prospective postdocs are encouraged to discuss with me the joint preparation of a research proposal to external funding agencies that support postdoc salaries.
Finally, prospective postdocs are encouraged to apply to external postdoctoral fellowship opportunities and to discuss with me the terms and expectations of a hosting arrangement in my lab.
We are committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable environment. Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome in the WHET Lab. The WHET Lab values ideas and contributions from individuals with diverse perspectives, including individuals historically underrepresented in the marine sciences, such as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, women, LBGTQ, first-generation, military veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Our lab engages in regular discussions with the purpose of raising our awareness, becoming anti-racist, and taking actions that promote diversity and inclusion in our field. Specifically, in selecting applicants, qualifications are considered holistically in the context of our commitment to enhance diversity in our lab. Applicants from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to reach out to me.
If, after reading this, you feel strongly qualified please send me an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> describing how you meet these expectations and what other interests and experience you bring with you that make you stand out by way of a cover letter. Additionally, please include the following as PDF attachments:
The chances of a response from me will be improved by indicating that you have read and understand the information provided in this page.