Mentoring Philosophy, Goals, and Expectations:
My core philosophy precept:
“Students are the primary product of my experience in science.”
I seek to promote and accelerate students during the initial stages of their careers. I view students as “colleagues in training” and I find it immensely satisfying to jointly work toward their success ….and enjoy that shared success. Evidence of long-term professional linkages between myself and students can be found at Current Projects, Previous students and Publications.
My overall goal as a mentor is to promote professional development. I work with students to develop their professional toolkit— expertise in the design, implementation and analysis of experiments and sampling protocols, synthesis, the accquisition of analytical and quantitative tools, manuscript preparation, speaking, and grant writing. In this way students completing their research experience in my lab are positioned to excel academically and bring core professional skills to employers. Evidence of success in this realm is found at “Outcomes and Affiliations” under Previous students.
Expectations of Students: I expect students to be “ALL IN”, to exercise project ownership and to set high personal expectations. Creativity combined with preparation, forward thinking, and hard work, pay huge dividends. I value students focused on achievement.
Prospective students are encouraged to: A) Contact me directly to discuss research ideas and explore how they might create a new research thread in the lab or extend a current one, B) Visit Current Projects, and C) Contact Previous Students.
The Current Research Vista: Myself and colleagues are positioned for exciting research in population biology, population ecology and population genetics of the B. treatae study system. In addition to threads indicated at Current Projects and Publications our interests include: ecological speciation—host plant-related variation in host selection behavior, patterns of mate choice, phenology, and genetic differentition; host plant-mediated and natural enemy-mediated patterns of selection within and among populations and across host plants; and geographic variation in the impact, community composition, and differentiation of natural enemies.
I am currently seeking MS and Ph.D. students.