Before applying for graduate school, it helps to fully understand what a PhD program entails.
Are you ready to spend 6-7 years dedicating yourself to your research? Why is it that you want to get a PhD? How will it help you reach your long-term goals? Check out the following survey for a better idea of what might be involved in getting a PhD in Ecology.
If you do not have significant expertise conducting ecological research, the chances are good that you may not be quite ready for a PhD program. A humorously straightforward view of the graduate experience can be found in Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students.
Is this lab the right place for you?
You will be working independently on a project of your own design. Read my research interests closely along with several of my recent papers. Do they really interest you and inspire you to similar questions?
In order for me to assess your fit with the D'Antonio lab, please send me the following information:
- A detailed statement of why you want to attend graduate school and why my lab is a good fit for you.
- A description of your previous research experience, and resulting publications (if applicable).
- The names and institutions of the people who will provide your letters of recommendation (letters are not necessary at this time)
- Your GPA and GRE scores (including percentile scores)
Information on applying to the University of California Santa Barbara in the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department can be found here.
If you are interested in joining the lab, check out the Undergraduate Research information on the Research tab and email the graduate student you are interested in working with.