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Undergraduate students

Undergraduates are normally accepted into our group only if they have at least some computer programming experience, but feel free to contact us for advice while you go about getting such experience through a basic programming class. Undergraduates must be willing to commit to a minimum of 9 hours per week and more than a single semester: a larger commitment is preferred.

Graduate students

We are currently recruiting graduate students interested in any of our current areas of research, as well as graduate students whose own independent interests match well with the culture of the group. You can apply through the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology here. You need to be accepted both by the department and by a faculty sponsor, so feel free to start a correspondence with me at any time. Alternatively, you can apply through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, where after three rotations you can transfer into my lab via either the Biochemistry and Cellular Molecular Biology graduate program or the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Genetics. If you are mathematically inclined, you can apply to the GIDPs in Applied Math or Statistics. Yet another option for projects on human evolution and behavior is the graduate program in Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology. If you are unsure which program to apply to, please contact me for details, the choice has consequences for teaching opportunities and other funding sources, coursework, and rotations. Note that one funding source for US citizens and residents in years 2-3 is an NIH-funded training grant here on Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems.

Two areas that interest me right now, but for which I do (yet) have funding, are host-parasite arms races where each species' rate of adaptation is more derived from population genetic considerations, and deleterious mutation load. What I have the most funding on is protein evolution (see postdoc ad below). Other projects are also possible.


Applications that do not clearly demonstrate familiarity with our research will not receive a response.

There is currently a funded position available to study the long-term evolution of protein properties; click on the link to access the preprint that we are following up on.

US citizens and residents interested in a postdoc project with some kind of insect angle can apply through the PERT postdoc program.

International applicants

We do not often accept postdocs or graduate students unless we are able to meet you in person. In exceptional circumstances I may conduct interviews through a combination of email and phone, but it is generally more difficult to be admitted to the group in this way than it is via an in-person interview.