Prospective Student



I welcome conversations about joining T.H.E. Lab.  If you are interested in pursuing undergraduate research, a graduate degree, or post-doctoral research related to conservation social science or the human dimensions of natural resources, please contact me (

To inquire about Master’s or Ph.D. openings in my lab, please contact me and tell me about yourself.  I’ll want to know your alma mater and major (include GPA), your interests related to graduate school (include GRE percentiles, if available), your relevant work and/or research experience (include CV, if available), and when you plan to start graduate school.  I will respond with a boilerplate message indicating that (1) I have no positions available or (2) I am looking to fill a specific position and encourage you to apply.  If I am seriously considering you for a position, I will want to conduct a personal interview with you before committing to serve as your advisor.


I also support undergraduate research in my lab and am more than happy to have a conversation about our shared interests.  An experience with my research program will expose you to the methods, theories, and partnerships for managing human-environment interactions in diverse conservation contexts.  T.H.E. Lab takes a team-based approach to science so you will have many opportunities to interact with people from different disciplinary backgrounds and organizations who share the goals of solving complex, social-ecological conservation challenges.



If you are a student in my lab you are smart enough to be doing just about anything else, and making a lot more money doing it.  You are here, in-part, because you are motivated by a conservation ethic that places high value on public service and the attainment and sharing of knowledge.


Your success is my success.  All advisors will tell you they expect a student to be dedicated, self-directed, and to go beyond the normative expectations set by a program, university, or profession.  Of course, we all want you to publish—I expect at least one paper from a Master’s student and three from a Ph.D.  I also expect my students to give freely of their time to outreach opportunities, to participate fully in departmental seminars and other activities, and to become involved with relevant professional organizations and activities.  A dedication to go the extra miles to promote science and conservation to people, from all walks of life, is a hallmark of the land-grant university tradition.


Human Dimensions
Conservation  |  Natural Resources
People  |  Behavior  |  Action

© 2020 by Kenneth E. Wallen