At this time we have quite a few students (n=11) working on chondrichthyan related thesis projects. As such, we are only accepting new students as some of the current ones finish. The good news is that some students are actually finishing or should finish in the near future. That’s the good news, however, the unfortunate news is that we simply don’t have the room to accept everyone who applies and thus it is very competitive to get in at this time. That is not to say impossible, but not easy. Then again nothing in life is easy!
If you are a prospective graduate student interested in applying to MLML to do graduate work on chondrichthyan fishes leading to your Masters degree please carefully review the various pages on my web site and the PSRC to see what types of projects we currently have ongoing in our program. Much of my research is on Elasmobranch life history (age & growth, reproduction, diet, distribution), habitat association, population genetics, and systematics. Sometimes, my students join me on research trips and contribute to the science!
I look for students whose research interests are similar to mine, and whose aspirations and career goals would benefit by completing a Masters degree working in our Lab. In addition to meeting the academic requirements to get into the graduate program at MLML, you should carefully think over what you want to get out of the program. Your statement of purpose letter should clearly indicate what your interests are and what kind of a thesis project you would like to work on. I will not necessarily hold you to it, but I want to get a feel as to whether our program is going to meet your career goals. Please keep it to 2 pages single-spaced and be as specific as possible.If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. I will try to respond in a timely manner. I am out in the field or out of the country quite a bit and can’t always reply right away. So please be patient if I don’t reply immediately. Also, I encourage you to read the student information web page to see what information I usually require perspective students to provide. For those interested in applying to the program please see my Interested Students page.