I expect all of my students to seek internal AND external funding of their projects, to present their work at a national or international conference, and
to publish their results. Science is only a hobby until it is published! I also expect my graduate students to generate enough data from their thesis
for two papers, or have a side project. The undergraduate students in my lab typically generate enough data for a single publication and I expect more
from my graduate students.
Some people who work with me are very strong in natural history, others in quantitative methods, GIS, or genetics. Obviously it's great if you are strong
in every possible area -- but your best preparation is curiosity, and strong motivation.
If you think you may be interested, or want more information, the best thing
to do is to contact me, take a look at my web site to see current and feasible research, and finally plan a visit.
If you're interested in applying to our program, I will need to know something about your GRE scores, your grades, and what your preparation is
(courses, research experience, etc.) so that I can tell you whether your application is likely to be successful. Our department and the Graduate College
list their minimum requirements on their web sites; most of my students surpass these requirements by quite a bit.
I recognize that your grades may well not reflect your capabilities (i.e. my undergraduate grades)! However, if you feel that is the case, I need
information that supports such a statement, for example, solid achievements in research, at a relevant job, or in other academic programs can outweigh
poor undergraduate grades. But you will need something of the kind to support an application; statements that I know I can do better if given the chance
don't pass muster.
Two papers you should read if you are considering going to graduate school: