Join Me

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward … objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” —Andrew Carnegie

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

Interested in my research?  I am looking for bright and enthusiastic students who are fascinated by the ecology and evolution of freshwater fishes, lizards, or pine trees to join me in my research.  Opportunities are available primarily for undergraduate students, as well as entry-level graduate students.  I am also always interested in discussing research projects with potential professional collaborators, including senior graduate students, researchers, and PIs.

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I am very proud that my research career gives me the opportunity to mentor and teach undergraduate students in the laboratory, the field, and the classroom.  I have had the pleasure of mentoring undergraduate students in each of these settings, from tropical Central America to the southeastern U.S.  Undergraduates have played an important role in my research, working on topics as diverse as poeciliid life history evolution, minnow systematics, and geometric morphometric shape variation as a basis for testing species limits and evaluating intraspecific morphological variation.  Students who have pursued these opportunities have often followed me into the lab or the field after first getting interested in my research while taking one of my courses.  I welcome future opportunities to advise competent students with strong interests in discovering about nature through studies of ecology and evolution of freshwater fishes, and preference is given to ambitious students with a future career as a professional biologist (ecologist, evolutionary biologist, bioinformatician) in mind.  If you are a prospective student, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss opportunities to get involved with my research.

Other Collaborators

I am interested in talking with other scientists with interests in synthetic approaches to biogeography and phylogeography, i.e. comparative analyses.  I am keenly interested in collaborating with bioinformaticians and evolutionary biologists with shared interests in quantitative, model-based approaches to phylogeography, preferably those with expertise in analyzing data generated using next-generation sequencing methods. 

I am also interested in integrating phylogeography with experimental or functional ecology, for example comparing adaptive trait variation between phylogeographic lineages. For example, if you are interested in merging phylogeography with physiological ecology, comparative morphology, or epigenetics, I would be happy to discuss some possibilities.

If you are interested in collaborating with me on any of the variety of topics that my research addresses, then please contact me.  Thanks.  Take care. ~J