Biology, Stanford University

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  • Student Information
  • Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Lab meetings

Lab meetings are scheduled each quarter and are usually organized by students. Meetings are usually held in Herrin Labs 294.

Undergraduate Opportunities

We are always looking for motivated undergraduate students in our lab. If you are an existing Stanford undergraduate student who is interested in the lab, either for an honors research project, for experience, or for fun, please contact Dr. Hadly or current members of the lab. There is always something to do in the lab, and we have a history of undergrads attending lab meetings, helping with research in the lab and in the field, and participating in writing up our results for publication.

There are several research studies that involve research in our molecular lab, in our morphometrics lab, in GIS, in isotopes, and in the field. These projects might include working on some portion of ancient or modern genetic data analysis of rodents, birds, salamanders or larger mammals such as fur seals. Skills might include working with specimens to obtain genetic or morphological data, computer analyses of DNA sequences, or field work. Publication in appropriate journals is possible for an eager student with the appropriate level of involvement in the project.

Graduate Students

Dr. Hadly is currently accepting graduate students for 2015-2016 acceptance round. If you are interested in becoming a graduate student in Dr. Hadly's Lab in the future, you should: (1) review Information for Prospective Students; (2) email Dr. Hadly; (3) and check out these websites:

Post-Doctoral Scholars

Please contact Dr. Hadly directly for information about postdoctoral positions that might be available in the lab.

When to Apply:

I am currently looking for students for the 2015-2016 acceptance round. In general, I seek students who will work closely with me and other members of the lab on funded projects or on projects that are closely related. Please email me directly with your interests and qualifications.

Required Background:

The Hadly lab is interdisciplinary. We have had members with classic biology or geology backgrounds and we value the expertise of both. Many of the biologists have strong molecular phylogenetics backgrounds, with experience in genetics labs. However, we also have had students and postdocs with backgrounds in behavior, development, systematics, statistics, morphology, isotopes and population genetics.

Philosophy and Expectations:

In general, students working in my lab will focus on the evolutionary and ecological impacts of the environment on vertebrates: past, present and future.

I encourage the application of students interested in becoming professionals and I expect students to finish their degree within 4-5 years, depending on the degree of fieldwork required. To help reach this goal, as a major advisor I will: (1) create a stimulating intellectual environment; (2) provide a physical work space that is functional and inspiring; (3) foster students as professional colleagues; and (4) challenge them to make meaningful contributions to science and the global community.

Throughout their time at Stanford, graduate students in my lab will: (1) pursue their own grant support; (2) attend professional meetings to give posters and talks; (3) collect and analyze data; (4) write manuscripts; and (5) act as professional colleagues. I expect students to contribute to the laboratory community and sense of continuity by organizing and assisting with lab functions, helping to train incoming members, and openly discussing ideas and providing feedback. Attendance and participation at lab meetings is expected.

Student Selection Criteria:

Initial review of graduate student applications at Stanford is collectively done by the Ecology and Evolution faculty in the Department of Biology. Thus all applicants to my lab will be vetted in some way by the rest of our faculty. Selection criteria include the following: undergraduate GPA, GRE Scores, letters of recommendation, and evaluation of the applicant's statement of purpose. I encourage students to contact me and/or members of my lab to ascertain whether we are a good fit, and strongly suggest that students have prepared intellectually for graduate school by applying for a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship and/or EPA STAR grant, or other fellowships as appropriate. See departmental website for more information: http://biology.stanford.edu/funding-information-phd-students

Financial Support:

Generally the Department of Biology provides financial support for graduate students for tuition and fees (not research expenses) for 4 years. Time at Stanford beyond 4 years needs to be funded by outside fellowships. Research expenses come from the student’s own grants or from funded lab projects relevant to the student’s research.

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