I  am currently in the process of building my lab group and anticipate several positions. Individuals interested in joining my lab group would ideally have interests focused on understanding the structure of biological communities through combined ecological and evolutionary studies in aquatic systems. Feel free to contact me via email:

Postdoctoral positions: I currently have no funding to support additional post-docs in our lab. Please do check back regularly. I would of course be quite happy to discuss the possibility of working collaboratively to obtain funding for post-doctoral projects through external grant support either through US or overseas programs. To facilitate this, send along a cover letter, CV, and research statement to me via email.

Graduate student positions (PhD and MS) in the form of teaching and possibly research assistantships are available in my lab beginning Spring 2018.  Those interested should contact me via email ( with a description of your research interests, qualifications and preliminary application materials (e.g., CV, GRE scores, names and contact information for three references). Summer funding and travel support is available to attend professional meetings. Please see the departmental website for details.

Additional competitive funding opportunities: Distinguished Doctoral Fellows (DDFs) and Doctoral Academy Fellows (DAFs), are available for exceptional students that will supplement the standard graduate stipend. The DDFs have a salary range of $35,000-$40,000 for a 12-month stipend, and the DAFs have a range of $25,000-$30,000 for a 12-month stipend. For more information see here.

Undergraduate research opportunities. Numerous opportunities exist for research  during the semester and summer field work. I am especially interested in taking on highly motivated students that want to complete independent research project. Various funding sources are available. For example, check out the SURF program. Please contact me for more information.

For Summer of 2017, I anticipated hiring between 3 and 5 undergraduate researchers. Three projects are underway: spatial variation in community structure, damselfly parasitism, and biogeography of dragonflies. I most interested in hiring students with a keen interest in ecological and evolutionary research. All positions will require intense field work. Email me ( your CV/resume and a description of your interests in conducting research with our lab group and specify which general project you are interested in..

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (UARK) is a Tier I research university located in the Ozark Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UARK are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists.  We are located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR boosts more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville is located in northwest Arkansas and offers a high quality of living at a low cost, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking opportunities are in close proximity.

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