What I look for in a student: strong quantitative skills and interests, experience with computer programming (R, JAGS, etc), critical thinking skills, an enthusiasm for learning, and a willingness to interact with others in the lab.
My abilty to take on new students is dependent on two things: 1) time; and 2) money (i.e., available funding). Graduate student funding may come in the form of Research Assistantships (if I have any available, they will be listed here), Teaching Assistantships and University Fellowships (these may provide partial support), and outside funding (e.g., from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, or private foundations) that are the student's responsibility to line up.
If you feel your are a good fit for my lab, please send a single document to email@example.com, containing:
1. A cover letter describing your background and research interests, particularly as it relates to statistical/quantitative ecology. Why are you interested in coming to the University of Minnesota and, more specifically, working with me?
2. A CV, including a list of relevant courses, GPA, and GRE scores
3. Contact information (name, email, phone number) for three references
Expectations of my graduate students (and of me): graduate_student_and_advisor_expectations.pdf
An example from my daughter (at age 8) to inspire (and build on)!