For Prospective Students

Thank you for stopping by our website and for your potential interest in joining our team. We are always on the look out for passionate, clever, hard-working members to join our efforts to better understand how, how quickly, and at what spatial scale, populations of fish respond and adapt to environmental change.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks/School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences please send me an email with a brief statement of your research interests, what you hope to get from your graduate experience, your research and education experience to date, and why you think that the Westley Lab and UAF might be a good fit during the next stage of your educational journey.


1) UAF policy requires that I only accept students if money is in place to cover  stipend and tuition costs. These funds are most often from research grants that I have secured, but can be from scholarships that you have obtained yourself. As a result, I usually will only be accepting a few (if any) students each year. There are a few scholarship opportunities through UAF that we can pursue together ( I am happy to help you craft your application) along with funding opportunities from organizations like the National Science Foundation (NSF) or for Canadian students, NSERC.    If you are interested in starting graduate school in the fall, you need to be working to secure funding the previous fall and winter (yes, nearly a full year ahead of time!)

2) What sort of adviser am I? Good question!  All I can do is tell you what I promise to do for you.  I promise to make your research and education a priority in my life; that I will be your advocate and biggest fan; that I will respect and support whatever career goals you feel most passionate about; that I will strive to give you the mentoring approach – from complete autonomy to more full dependence on collaboration- that feels the most comfortable to you.

3) What I expect of students (that’s you!) I expect that you will make your education and work a major priority in your life, that you will bring your passionate and excitement to work everyday (ok…almost everyday), that you will sincerely care about answering questions of both basic scientific and applied conservation value, that you respect nature and the people around you, that you will both work and play hard!

If this all still sounds good, please be in touch and I hope that we can work together soon!


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