## For prospective students

I am accepting graduate students. If you think you might be
interested, here are some things to consider.

- My work is exclusively mathematical. If you'd like to
include a field or lab component to your work, all is not
lost: we may be able to arrange for you to be co-advised.
However, if you'd like me as your primary advisor, your
focus should be on theoretical ecology. (Not sure what
theoretical ecology is? At its broadest, theoretical
ecology uses mathematical models (which can require
computers to find solutions) and computer simulations to
answer questions about ecological dynamics.
- Because my work is exclusively mathematical, I am looking
for students with strong mathematical backgrounds. Math
majors and physics majors, I'm definitely interested if
you're thinking of switching fields. (This is, after all,
how I came to theoretical ecology.) If you don't have all
the math background you'll need, you can take courses when
you get here, but you should have taken differential
equations and/or linear algebra at a minimum.

**General advice**: If you think you might be interested in
being someone's student, contact them before you apply and make
it clear that you're read one of their papers or at least have
read their website carefully. Ask questions about their
research. Many of us see applications in which a student says
they want to work with us but it's clear that they haven't taken
the time to find out what we do. Making it clear that you know
someone's work and could be a good fit for them makes a much
better impression.