Students are the essence of an interactive and dynamic laboratory. I believe that graduate education needs to be individually tailored for each student, and that there is no single prescriptive formula for success in graduate school. As an advisor, I place a premium on students who are creative, independent yet team players, hard working, and willing to challenge themselves. I'm especially enthusiastic about advising prospective students interested in the intersections between organismal and ecosystem ecology, and who want to integrate multiple approaches for addressing environmental sustainability problems relevant to the real world. Students in our lab work on a broad diversity of themes at study sites around the globe, and generally they have strong research interests in freshwater ecosystems. Prospective students interested in working with our group in the tropics should be prepared to confront the realities of functioning independently in another cultural setting and the necessity to improvise. All graduate students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) are guaranteed five years of financial support. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) about openings in my lab, if it sounds like your graduate school interests broadly overlap with those of our lab. You can find out more about the EEB Graduate Program here.