I am currently advising a number of undergraduate
students. Typically, undergraduates are assigned to an advisor,
but if your interests are similar to the work that we are doing in
my lab, I encourage you to come talk to me. I am always looking
for undergraduate students to participate in our research projects.
students interested in pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of
Natural Resources and Environmental Management, click here
for more information.
I take the role of advisor very seriously. It is a significant
expenditure of time, energy and resources from both the advisor and the
advisee. It only makes sense for you to come to graduate school
for the right reasons, and it only makes sense for me to advise you if
your interests are compatible with mine. It makes sense to work with me
if you are interested in: terrestrial ecosystem ecology,
biogeochemistry, forest ecology, global change biology, invasive
species ecology, disturbance ecology, and/or restoration ecology.
It doesn't make much sense for you to work with me if your
interests are outside of these broad areas. Most of my work is
field-based and, these days, is in Hawaii. Thus, most of my
energy and resources are dedicated to the Hawaiian archipelago.
However, I am also involved in research outside of Hawaii and I am
certainly open to the idea of working with students in new geographic
areas. In thinking about graduate school, you should seriously
consider who your advisor will be. It may be the most important
decision you make about your graduate program. I highly encourage
(i.e., essentially require) students interested in working with me to
contact me directly prior to applying. An in-person visit to our
lab is the most ideal approach to help you decide if our lab,
department, and university are right for you. A good second
option for those outside of Hawaii is a phone conversation (preceded by
an email or two to set things up).
Click here for information
on what I think graduate education is, what I expect from graduate
students in my lab, and what students can expect from me.
If you do decide that you are interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D.
degree in my lab, please feel free to contact me.
information on the graduate program in
Natural Resources and Environmental Management can be found here.