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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.


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

There are no funded positions currently available.

We have one theory project available concerning the influence of parental care on the evolution of robustness and cryptic genetic variation, modeled using a gene network approach. This is a collaboration with empirical work on dung beetles, and so postdocs interested in this work should consider applying 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.