The Thompson Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz




Prospective Postdocs, Sabbatical Visitors, and Students



Postdoctoral associates:

Most recent members of the lab have been postdoctoral associates working on projects associated with grants from NSF or other agencies, or on projects for which they themselves have received funding from granting agencies within the U.S. or abroad. Recent postdocs with their own funding have chosen either to work on one of the lab's current projects or to extend other work they have been doing to a broader geographic and coevolutionary perspective through collaboration with our lab. These projects have included field studies, laboratory/greenhouse studies, or mathematical modeling studies.

Sabbatical visitors:

We welcome faculty colleagues from other universities who would like to spend a sabbatical in our lab, working on some of the lab's current projects or collaborating on analyses of their own data from a coevolutionary perspective.

Graduate students:

I am interested in prospective graduate students who want to pursue research on the process of coevolution, and the ways in which evolving interactions organize biodiversity over broad geographic areas. Potential current projects include evaluation of how interactions between species may be evolving rapidly amid environmental change, how natural selection on networks of interacting species varies among contrasting environments, or how coevolution may be reshaped at the geographic boundaries of an interaction. Most students over the years have used some combination of field studies, laboratory or greenhouse experiments, and molecular techniques. Some have used a combination of empirical and mathematical approaches. If you are interested in questions about the coevolutionary process, please take a look at the recent publications from our lab to see if some of the questions and approaches match your research interests. If they do, then send me an email telling me about your background and overall research interests.

Over the years, I have developed a set of guidelines for what I think it takes to be a highly successful graduate student. Over the years I have handed it toall beginning graduate students in my lab, so that we can use it as a basis for working together. The document is intended only as an an aid to help new graduate students learn how to focus on what is important and unimportant as they formulate a dissertation, organize their time, interact with colleagues, and prepare for a professional career. To view a PDF of the document, click here.