Potential Graduate Students

As of 2017 I do not plan on taking on new graduate students because of the unreliability of funding and a lack of job security. The information below is for reference.

Contact me by e-mail if you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under my direction here at Auburn University. In your e-mail, please be explicit regarding 1) how your research interests align with mine, 2) how hypothesis-driven research can help answer the scientific questions you are interested in and finally, 3) how you anticipate communicating your research findings and why it is important to do so. Include your C.V. as well as your GPA and GRE scores (Auburn requirements include a 3.0 GPA and 153 verbal and 144 quantitative GRE scores).  I encourage you to check out these posts out before crafting your e-mail (1, 2, and 3). I look forward to hearing from you!

I do not accept graduate students without funding to support them. There are generally two mechanisms to obtain funding: teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Follow this link to find out more about teaching assistantships offered by the department of Biological Sciences. Research assistantships become available when grant proposals are funded. If research assistantships become available, I will advertise those positions and list them here. Another potential for graduate student support includes fellowships secured by the applicant (i.e., you, some examples are here).  Note that the deadline for applying to the Department of Biological Sciences is February 1st.

Some general advice for graduate students (Bon Scott et al. 1975).

Undergraduate Research

I encourage Auburn University undergraduates interested in the types of research projects that we do to become familiar with Auburn’s undergraduate research fellowships and send me an e-mail with your ideas or interests. Alternatively, feel free to contact me if you would like to get involved with our projects or develop a research project for credit hours.


None at this time.