Want to Join the Functional Ecology lab?
Want to work at the interface between behavioural ecology, comparative physiology, and evolutionary biology?
Want to work in the field and/or conduct comparative or quantitative genetics studies on mice and/or flies?
Want to learn critical skills for a successful career in biology?
Email me with a description of your areas of interest and previous research (or other relevant) experience. Be aware that university professors receive many emails requesting graduate positions, but there are ways to make sure you get on my radar screen (see link to Neufield 2015 below). Also, there are a few things you might want to consider before enrolling into grad school. See various links below.
We are seeking graduate students interested to work at the interface of comparative physiology, animal behaviour, and evolutionary biology. We study how metabolic, behavioural, life-history, and performance traits co-vary at various levels using diverse tools from the comparative and quantitative genetic approaches. We do lab- and field-based projects through which students will learn techniques related to field ecology, animal husbandry, metabolic and behavioural sampling, multivariate statistics, scientific writing, and survival in academia.
Things to consider
Here is a list of useful advice to future graduate students:
Neufield 2015: How to approach a professor for a graduate position
Stearns 1987: Some modest advice for graduate students
Huey 1987: Reply to Stearns: Some acynical advice for graduate students
Binkley 1988: Some advice for graduate advisors
Witz 1994: Hybridization of Stearns, Huey, and Binkley
Garland 201X: Undergraduate research
Bertram 201X: Email etiquette
Paths to (academic) success
Here is a list of useful advice to graduate students:
Graeme Hirst: How to be a terrible graduate student
Scott Keogh's advice on everything in acedemia!
Bartholomew 1982: on scientific innovation and creativity
Tips for efficient writing in science:
Sources of Funding
University of Ottawa admission scolarship
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC):
Fonds de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FQRNT):
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
Undergraduate Honours and Graduate Programs in Biology
Undergraduate research projects (BIO4004 & BIO4009)
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies
In addition to the funded opportunities in the lab (currently none), I will always consider any interested potential graduate students or postdocs who have a clear idea of what they want to do and have their own funding (see above).