Depending on project development and funding availability, I occasionally have openings for new lab members.
If you are interested in applying to the lab, please contact me directly with an email or letter describing your specific research interests and career goals, a detailed CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references.
I can accept students through the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group or the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group. Click on those links for more information on the application process, deadlines, and program specifics.
I am interested in working with early career scientists on projects of mutual interest and benefit. When I have funding to hire postdoctoral scientist, I will post it here. When no funding is currently available through my ongoing projects, I would be glad to discuss writing a joint proposal to support a fellowship opportunity in my lab.
Expectations for lab members:
I take my work as a weed scientist seriously but I have a lot of fun doing it. I gain tremendous satisfaction from research that has a positive impact on agricultural production efficiency and environmental sustainability and I like extending the knowledge from my work and related programs to growers, agricultural industry partners, and regulatory agencies.
My goal as a faculty member is to maintain a productive and fun research lab and to work with students and staff who are also enthusiastic about developing and applying weed science principles. I invest a lot of time, energy, and resources into my program and lab members and I expect a similar level of commitment in return.
At a minimum, I expect:
- A commitment to spend the time and effort necessary to do your best work. Graduate school is not something to be taken lightly – you are building your knowledge, skills, and a reputation that will follow you through your career.
- Critical thinking skills. I may have a beginning point for a project but you should think about the bigger picture around the starting point. Think about how and why things happen the way they do, develop ideas and strategies designed to do things better, more efficiently, or in the least destructive way possible, and make the project your own. What are you going to contribute as a scientist?
- Team work. I expect my lab group to function as a supportive team rather than a group of individuals. You will lead on some projects but will assist on others – take the opportunity learn from the other projects and broaden your perspective and skills.
- A high level of scientific and personal integrity. Enough said, I hope.
- Professionalism and maturity. Be responsible for your actions, follow through on your obligations, and be honest and straightforward in your interactions with others. Take leadership on your coursework, research project, career, and life.
- That you will be serious about your work but have fun in the process.
Although I have broad interests related to weed ecology and management in agricultural systems, my lab is best suited for training of students who are interested in researching practical agricultural problems related to weed control and related environmental issues. My focus and strengths are on herbicides in tree and vine crops but we touch on many other aspects of agronomy, horticulture, and chemistry in our research and extension program.