Applying to Graduate
The students who are happiest with
me tend to be independent. I encourage them to choose their own
projects, set their own goals, and find their own funding. I will
steer folks in the general right direction (particularly to
funding), be there to listen, and read and help with drafts of
proposals, but students expecting their graduate careers to be
choreographed will be disappointed.
students cover a broad range of topics, far more than I do. I expect
them to know more than me about their areas, to find outside help on
technical aspects, and to think for themselves, often agonizing over
choices of research topic and successive drafts of their research
The University of Hawaii
has a good library and great surroundings. We also have great
relations with many state and federal agencies, so if you are
interested in applied problems or can see how to apply basic
research to such problems, funding is often easy to come by.
The University of Hawaii is the
only (sub)tropical U.S. university and Hawaii has an amazing
diversity of habitats from permafrost on Mauna Loa to desert to
rainforest to coral reef, all within an hour's drive of one another.
The islands represent a range of ages and intactness. Despite the
loss of biodiversity because of invasive species and habitat loss,
there are intact areas and there are many opportunities to do
restoration ecology and to experiment with how perturbations affect
Students may apply in either
and through them the interdisciplinary
Evolutionary and Conservation Program.