The lab’s philosophy
In the Resasco Lab we aim to create and maintain a supportive, friendly, respectful, and collaborative environment. We emphasize creativity, critical thinking, passion, hard work, and teamwork. We believe that a team that is diverse in backgrounds, interests, and skills is greater than the sum of its parts. We strive to always keep learning and growing as scientists. If we’re doing it right, our work should be challenging but also fun and fulfilling.
To be a strong candidate for joining the lab, you must be motivated and passionate about figuring out how the natural world works. This means having a strong interest in ecology and being skilled (or having the desire to become skilled) in natural history and in working with data (collecting, visualizing, analyzing, and communicating). Lab members will be challenged to become independent scientists who advance our understanding of nature.
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar*
- Antonio Machado
* transl: Traveler, there is no path,
you make the path as you walk
For prospective graduate students (please read this before emailing me)
If you are interested in joining the lab please start by reading some of our papers and learning about our research areas to get an idea of what we do. If what you read looks similar to the kind of research you'd be interested in doing yourself in graduate school take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire and then feel free to reach out. I aim to respond to all thoughtful emails from prospective graduate students but sometimes when I'm busy emails get buried in my inbox and accidentally go unanswered. If you don't hear back after a week or two please don't read anything into it and follow up with another email. I may not respond to cut/paste, boilerplate email inquiries.
Here are some useful resources about applying for graduate school in EEB:
- Some Advice for Prospective Graduate Students (For my lab or elsewhere) (Dr. Deane Bowers)
- So, you want to go to grad school? Nail the inquiry email (Dr. Jacquelyn Gill)
- Thoughts on Applying to Grad School (for prospective students and their mentors) (Dr. Meg Duffy)
I strongly encourage prospective graduate students to pursue graduate fellowships they are eligible for (e.g., NSF-GRFP, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship). Prospective students who have applied for fellowships (if eligible) will receive preferred consideration.
Graduate applications to the EBIO program are due on the 1st of December but I hope to hear from applicants interested in joining the lab well in advance of that deadline. You can find more information on the EBIO graduate program and how to apply here: EBIO Graduate Program Overview
For prospective postdocs
If you are interested in joining the lab as a postdoc please email me with a description of your research interests and directions. I'd be happy to chat about ideas and opportunities.
For undergraduate researchers
Gaining good research experience as an undergrad is essential for students wanting to follow a career in science. We often have research opportunities for undergraduates in the field or lab. I'm always interested in hearing from motivated undergraduates who are eager to gain research experience in ecology and specifically in research areas in the lab. If you are interested in doing research in the lab please start by checking out the information on current research projects happening in the lab and relevant publications. Then please email a CV and include information on previous research experience, research interests, and career plans/goals after graduation. If you are interested in pursuing an Honors Thesis in our lab, please reach out early.
EBIO Diversity Statement
We celebrate our differences and embrace our shared humanity. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is firmly rooted in an understanding that diverse backgrounds and perspectives promote growth and resilience in our society and our science. By continually refining inclusive practices and removing biases in mentoring, outreach, recruitment, research, and teaching, we seek to empower the next generation of ecologists and evolutionary biologists to advance science through justice, equity, and inclusion.
The EBIO department is collegial, collaborative, and vibrant. Faculty in the department do research in various facets of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology which provides great opportunities to learn and collaborate. We foster a positive intellectual environment, for example, by offering an array of seminars on advanced topics in EEB and quantitative methods and by hosting an active seminar series that provides frequent opportunities for us to interact with scientists from outside the university. There are often professional development opportunities (e.g., pedagogy workshops) that are offered on campus.
We are located in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. This geography makes for beautiful scenery and a wide variety of ecosystems and organisms to delight a naturalist. There are hundreds of acres of open space nearby that offer great opportunities to unwind and get inspired in nature.