Joining Tewksbury Lab
If you are interested in joining the Tewkslab in any capacity, but particularly as a graduate student, it is nice to know a bit about what I am looking for and expect. First and foremost, I am looking for exceptionally motivated people who are passionate about ecology, evolution, conservation and ready to fully engage in research. You have to really love what you are doing for you to be happy in my lab (I think the last half of the interview with Malcolm Gladwell on RadioLab sums this up pretty well). I am also looking for people who will interact broadly, both within the lab and with other lab groups and professors in the department. I did not become a scientist to work in isolation, and I am looking for students who share a spirit of interaction and collaboration. In our group we value independent critical thought, candid discussion of all aspects of science, rigorous experimental work, and creative approaches to scientific problems. In evaluating potential graduate students, I am less concerned with grades or courses than I am with demonstrated independent thinking, project follow-through, creativity, passion and energy. The same applies to other folks interested in joining the lab.
More information for:
- Graduate students
- Research credit and volunteer research
- Moving on?
I am actively seeking to fill one collaborative post-doctoral associate posision focused on mapping ecosystem services and assessing habitat suitability. To learn more, click here. I am always interested in potential post-doctoral candidates, and if your research interests align well with mine, I would be happy to discuss possibilities for post-doctoral positions, but these will likely involve writing proposals to acquire funding. If you are interested in post-doctoral studies in my lab, please get in touch, attach a CV, and give me a brief sketch of your research interests. You can e-mail me here.
Potential Graduate Students
Availability: The size of my lab is still declining and I am likely to take a student in 2012.
Projects and Funding: I expect students to develop their own projects, but I do have a number of well developed study systems that have openings for students (the corridor project, the chili project, and new work linking climate change to plant-animal interactions in agricultural systems) and I am broadly interested in expanding the capacity of our lab to address issues surrounding the impacts of climate change and the resiliance of ecological systems to climate change, landscape ecology, and the ecology and evolution of plant insect fungal interactions. I am also interested in links across these broad areas. I am, of course, open to a wide range of questions, and any student coming to my lab will be expected develop independent research questions (with support, but not too much interference, from me). I enjoy interacting and working with my students, and will offer whatever help I can (financial and intellectual), but my primary goal is to help them develop into, and succeed as, independent, creative scientists.
Funding: Students in my lab may be funded through fellowships, grants, RAs off of my grants, or TAs. Regardless, I expect students to take an active role in attaining their own funding. I work collaboratively to attain funding for students, but I believe the process of writing strong grant proposals forces us to think and write clearly, define our ideas, and support our statements.
Here are some papers my graduate students have found useful:
- Stearns “Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students”
- Huey “Reply to Stearns: Some Acynical Advice for Graduate Students”
- Thompson “On Being a Successful Graduate Student in the Sciences”
Next steps: First, read over the advice above, look over my research, and check out the work of current and past students (and feel free to contact these folks to get their hit on my lab). Next, please contact me and tell me what research questions you are interested in, and why. Please also include a copy of your CV, and if I don’t get back in touch, feel free to try more than once.
Field Technician Positions
I am always looking for great field technicians for work on connectivity in South Carolina, Bird Loss in the Mariana Islands, or chilies in Bolivia. Specific openings will be posted below. No active postings (check back here)
We are ALWAYS looking for one motivated work-study student to assist with a series of experiments related to plant chemical ecology and plant-animal interactions. The positions will pay $10 – $12 per hour, and we are looking for individuals who are interested in taking part in diverse research fields for at least one full academic year. To determine if you are elegible for work-study, please check here.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Cat Adams.
Research credit and volunteer research
I have a number of projects appropriate for students interested in conducting collaborative research for credit, or on a volunteer basis. We are seeking only exceptionally motivated students for research opportunities. Research credit in the Tewksbury lab requires commitment to the research, and involves presenting your findings to the lab group.
Getting ready to leave my lab (or another lab) and start your first job? If so, here is a great list of pointers for starting professors, compiled by George Gilchrist.
- George’s summary of advice for new professors
- Full list of advice from 17 ecologists and evolutionary biologists