My approach to graduate training


Thanks to those of you who are interested in the lab. I will not be taking any new students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Good luck with your grad school planning!

If you are interested in the possibility of joining the lab, please start by emailing Kristy Kroeker the materials below. If it seems like the lab might be a good fit, I will contact you to set up a time to chat by phone and, if appropriate, to visit our lab in person.

  1. A cover letter or statement of purpose highlighting what motivates your research, what kind of projects you might be interested in pursuing in graduate school, and your short and long-term career goals.

  2. A curriculum vitae (resume) that outlines your academic and professional experience.

  3. A writing sample. This could be a technical report, academic paper, or class research project.

  4. Copies of unofficial transcripts or a list of classes taken, as well as your GRE scores (These do not need to be official - percentile scores can just be written out).

  5. Names and contact information for 3 references.

My goal is to train environmental leaders to use cutting-edge science to inform solutions to our most pressing environmental problems. My approach is to help students build a foundation in interdisciplinary problem solving by coupling deep ecological expertise, science communication, and social engagement.

I expect to invest significant time and resources in my students over the course of their PhD and throughout their career. Given this investment, I want to work with students that are deeply motivated, independent, and creative, with strong written and oral communication skills.

While I endeavor to work on policy relevant questions and engage with stakeholders and decision makers, I am primarily a community ecologist. I am best suited to mentor students in experimental and field ecology projects, focusing on the interactions between organisms and their environment and how these interactions scale-up to ecosystems.

I strive to create a supportive, stimulating work environment with weekly lab meetings, as well as to create the time and space to support my students individual development as scientists and environmental leaders. I want my students to be happy and successful people, and it is imperative that you are a good fit for the lab. I strongly encourage prospective students to visit the lab, ask lots of questions, and think critically about whether I would be a good fit for their interests. I am happy to connect you to colleagues or students that could give you more insight into my work style.