I welcome inquiries from undergraduate and prospective graduate students interested in joining our lab.
I usually have openings in the summer for undergraduate field assistants, particularly through the Mitacs Globalink (international students; September deadline) and NSERC USRA (Canadian students; February deadline) programs. I sometimes also have positions available outside of these programs. If you are interested in summer field work in forest ecology, please contact me by e-mail for details.
During the academic year, I am happy to work with undergraduate students who are interested in an Honours project, a one-semester research course, or just volunteer experience in a research lab. Please e-mail me if you’d like to discuss these possibilities.
Our lab uses a combination of field studies and data-constrained modelling to investigate forest dynamics across space and over time. Much of our field research is carried out in the Cypress Hills region of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but other forest regions in Saskatchewan, Canada, and beyond are of interest as well. If you are considering pursuing a research-based M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in this area, I invite you to send me a short introductory e-mail describing your background and research interests. Inquiries from students with external scholarships are particularly encouraged.
I encourage graduate students to think independently and formulate research questions that are of strong interest to them. While I will happily offer suggestions and advice for students’ projects, I believe graduate students are most successful when they can shape their own project within the contours of a larger research program. The earlier you can start identifying and pursuing good research questions, the sooner you will put yourself on the road to becoming a qualified, capable, and independent researcher.
Graduate students receive an annual stipend to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. More information about graduate programs at the University of Regina is available from the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.