Prospective Students

Anhemialges femaleGraduate students: I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” (see * below).

Prospective graduate students should familiarize themselves with the requirements for graduate studies at University of Alberta and in the Department of Biological Sciences before contacting me. In particular, check the minimum academic requirements for GPA for your country (this is in a drop-down box here). If you meet the requirements (including language requirements), and are still interested, please email me to discuss current opportunities. Include in your email a brief explanation of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).

I am looking for students with strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification.

Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates described in * below. Note: not all international driver’s licences are acceptable to the University of Alberta, and it can take 2-3 years to get a Class 5 licence in Alberta; see section 2.11 here.

Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students begin their programs in September. Starting in January is more difficult because housing is harder to find (and the weather is much colder!).

Please be aware that graduate positions are competitive and meeting the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Also note that there is an non-refundable charge of $100 CAD for applying for graduate studies at the University of Alberta.


Undergraduate students – project courses for 2019-2020 (e.g., Biol 399, Biol 498, etc.): Please contact me if you are interested in doing a graded project course in the upcoming academic year (Fall 2019, Winter 2020). But first, check out my graduate students and my publications to get an idea of the type of work we do in my lab and whether it’s the sort of thing you find exciting!


Undergraduate students – field and lab assistants for May-August 2020: I will be employing one or two undergraduate assistants next year to work. Stay tuned for more details later this fall.

*click here to see a SUMMARY OF CURRENT NSERC DISCOVERY GRANT

Last modified 29 April 2019