Thank you for stopping by our website and for your potential interest in joining our team. We are always looking for passionate, clever, hard-working members to help us understand the interaction between ecology and evolution for salmonids in an era of rapid environmental change.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences please send me an email with your current CV and a brief personal statement of why you think you're a good fit for the SEEC team.
1) UAF policy requires that I only accept students if money is in place to cover stipend and tuition costs. These funds are most often from research grants that I have secured, but can be from scholarships that you have obtained yourself. As a result, I usually will only be accepting a few (if any) students each year. There are a few scholarship opportunities through UAF that we can pursue together ( I am happy to help you craft your application) along with funding opportunities from organizations like the National Science Foundation (NSF) or for Canadian students, NSERC. If you are interested in starting graduate school in the fall, you need to be working to secure funding the previous fall and winter (yes, nearly a full year ahead of time!)
2) What sort of adviser am I? Good question! All I can do is tell you what I promise to do for you. I promise to make your research and education a priority in my life; that I will be your advocate and biggest fan; that I will respect and support whatever career goals you feel most passionate about; that I will strive to give you the mentoring approach – from nearly complete autonomy to more full dependence on collaboration- that feels the most comfortable to you. Following the advice of the late great Dr. Joe Brown of Memorial University of Newfoundland "I give students just enough rope to explore but not hang themselves."
3) What I expect of students (that’s you!): I expect that you will make your education and work a major priority in your life, that you will bring your passionate and excitement to work everyday (ok…almost everyday), that you will sincerely care about answering questions of both basic scientific and applied conservation value, that you respect nature and the people around you, that you will both work and play hard!
If this all still sounds good, please be in touch and I hope that we can work together soon!