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Information for Potential Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in applying to pursue your graduate degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB)!

Here is what you should know about me: I use a combination of mathematical modeling, computer simulations, and empirical experiments with insects to address questions about a wide variety of topics in evolutionary ecology. Following from these integrative interests, while EBIO is my home department, I am also affiliated with the graduate program in Applied Mathematics, and I am a participating faculty member in UCB’s new Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology program.


I am best suited to advise students on projects relating to (1) predator-prey interactions, (2) small scale spatial distributions of organisms, and (3) theoretical speciation genomics. While these are my strongest areas of expertise, I am willing to supervise students on projects that do not necessarily fit into these categories, so long as (1) the student and I have enough subject overlap and (2) the student possesses sufficient expertise and motivation. I am open to a wide variety of approaches to choosing a dissertation project. My own research has many opportunities for expansion by students, so if a student wants to work closely with me—on similar questions and the same system—that is an option. Alternatively, if a student wants to forge his/her own path (or do some combination of independent and collaborative work with me), that is an option as well.

Here is some of what you should know about the EBIO department at UCB: We are a friendly, growing, energetic, collaborative department. More than 30 professors call EBIO their home for conducting first-rate research on topics that run the gamut in ecology and evolution. Whether your interests lie in ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, invasive species biology, restoration ecology, evo-devo, theoretical ecology, evolutionary biology, or animal behavior (just to name a few), we have a department possessing both breadth and depth, and doors are always open when you want advice or just a friendly chat. Our department has hired 13 new professors over the past decade, so it is a very exciting time to be here, and most (if not all) of us can truly say that there is nowhere we would rather be. We have a large and talented body of graduate students, who by and large are very happy with their opportunities and support here. Graduate students have historically been guaranteed funding for 5 years and have had no trouble finding additional years of funding when needed. In short, our department has all the important ingredients to make a student's graduate school years rewarding, fun, and productive.

 

Additionally, if you belong to a group that, historically, has been under-represented in the natural sciences, UCB has a number of opportunities targeted at such groups (e.g., Colorado Advantage Program and Colorado Diversity Initiative).

 

If you are interested in applying to join my lab and our department, please send me an email with (1) a description of yourself, (2) your current CV, and (3) a description of the kind of research project(s) you are considering for your Ph.D. thesis. Also, if you have electronic versions of any reprints, please send those as well. And of course, don't forget to fill out and submit the official graduate school application forms.

 

Thanks again for your interest, and please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

tel: 303.492.7184  office: N211 Ramaley Hall  email: samuel.flaxman@colorado.edu


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samuel m. flaxman

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Colorado Boulder