Student Opportunities



I am a first-generation college graduate and McNair Program alumnus. I grew up in a working class family, with no idea what graduate school was or what it could help me achieve. I was helped and encouraged along the way by many. We all start somewhere.



I welcome conversations to join T.H.E. Lab and conversations about what exactly are science and research, what graduate school is and entails, what the is "human dimensions of natural resources", and you might do to being your journey.


If you are interested in undergraduate research, a MS/PhD, or postdoctoral research related to the conservation social sciences or the human dimensions of natural resources, please contact me (

For general inquires about MS or PhD openings, please email me and tell me about yourself.  I will want to know your alma mater and major (include GPA), your motivations for graduate school, your relevant work and/or research experience (include resume/CV), 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 considering you for a position, I will conduct a personal interview with you before committing to serve as your advisor.


I also support undergraduate research in my lab and am 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 backgrounds and organizations who share the goals of solving complex, social-ecological conservation challenges. Ultimately, my goals is to guide you towards intellectual independence and research acumen so you can pursue professional opportunities and the career of your choice.



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 two 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