Prospective Graduate Students

My lab focuses on research questions related to behavioral endocrinology, sexual selection, primate life history, and growth and development. Students who are interested in working with me generally have overlapping research interests, and are keen to learn techniques to assess biomarkers (including steroid hormones) noninvasively from wild populations.

If you are interested in becoming one of my graduate students, please do the following:

1. Read my website, particularly the section on my past and current research.

2. Read some of my recent publications.

3. Send me an email if you decide that my lab is a good fit for your research interests. This email should preferably be sent at least one month in advance of the application deadline, which is usually in early January. In this email, please include the following information:

  • Your GPA and GRE scores
  • A detailed answer to the following question: Why do you want to attend graduate school, and in particular, why are Stony Brook and more specifically, my lab, a good fit for you?
  • Any publications in press or in preparation (preferably as PDF attachments)
  • The contact information for the individuals who will write you reference letters (name, email, university affiliation)
  • A description of any research experience in field biology
  • A list of the biology, psychology, or anthropology courses that have influenced you the most as an undergraduate
  • A description of your experience with mathematics and statistics (highest level math course, any statistic courses, whether you have proficiency with R or other statistical software packages)

4. If you have not received a response from me after two weeks, send me a follow-up email to double-check that I have received the materials.

5. Plan to apply to the IDPAS Program at Stony Brook University. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the program as well as the application process. Keep in mind that all faculty members are required to rank students, so acceptance into the program is a departmental decision.

6. If possible, please plan on scheduling a visit to Stony Brook before a decision is made (so no later than two weeks after the application deadline).