Join the lab

I accept inquiries on a rolling basis, and encourage prospective students and faculty to reach out to well in advance so we can discuss projects and solicit funding. However, joining a lab is a commitment, and it is important to first decide whether research itself, and this lab specifically, are right for you.


Undergraduate Researchers

Information on undergraduate research at UMaine, including funding opportunities, can be found here.

I welcome undergraduates with any amount of laboratory or research experience, including zero. For those students that have no experience and just want to find out if they are interested in research, you are welcome to shadow a lab member or try out a few basic things in the lab (with supervision) for a week or so to try it out. If you are interested in staying on, all laboratory training will be provided.

Depending on your interest in research careers, participation in Capstone or other undergraduate research courses, and available time to commit, students may perform lab maintenance and standard protocols in support of other lab members, or may lead an independent student research (literature, experiment, or data analysis) study. I encourage students who want to do their own project to reach out in their sophomore or junior year, to provide sufficient time to conduct and analyze the project.


Graduate Students

Information about the UMaine graduate college, programs, graduate student benefits, and more, can be found here.

Information specific graduate study in the School of Food and Agriculture is here.

I am interested in mentoring students with a wide range of research interests, and career interests (beyond academia). Please contact me about potential projects based on your career goals.

Masters

The Masters of Animal Science program is thesis-based, and requires research study. Applications are accepted year-round, but it is highly recommended that you contact potential research faculty mentors well in advance.

Doctorate

The Animal and Veterinary Science Department does not confer PhD.s at this time. However, faculty appointments in other departments can allow me to be the primary adviser of PhD students who meld animal/veterinary science and other sciences, such as biology, ecology, microbiology, etc., most notably the PhD in Ecology and Evolution program. Applications are accepted year-round, but it is highly recommended that you contact potential research faculty mentors well in advance.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Information about postdoc positions at UMaine can be found here, and benefits here.

I am interested in mentoring postdocs with a wide range of research interests, and career interests (beyond academia). Please contact me about potential projects based on your career goals.


Commitment to inclusion

Supporting diversity is an active process that involves both invitation, and support to ensure that the scientific community is and remains an equitable and inclusive place. My lab and its members welcome students from any background, and are particularly interested in supporting students from underrepresented communities. We are committed to improving equity and inclusion in science.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.