If you’d like to explore being part of my lab group, send me an email describing your background and interests. It’s best to send inquires in the fall (Oct-Dec) to begin study in the next academic year (typically beginning in late August). Be sure to elaborate on why you want a graduate degree and you think being in my lab is a good fit for your interests.
If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota as part of my research group, here are some things to consider:
The graduate students I advise come from many different undergraduate backgrounds but nearly all have ‘real world’ experiences that motivate sthem to do research of practical importance and that gives them professional direction. If you are still exploring what matters to you, try temporary professional positions and volunteer opportunities instead of jumping into a graduate program. By the time you pursue your MS or PhD, you should be ready to focus and commit to an in-depth study of a well-defined topic.
The Galatowitsch Lab Group is most likely to be a good fit for you if your interests are related to ecological restoration. The research sections of this website will give you a sense of our current research scope. We mostly work in wetlands and grasslands in the Midwestern US, but many topics can be pursued in a broad range of ecosystems and regions of the world. All of our research strives to be broadly relevant to other similar systems or circumstances worldwide. The specific topic you work on depends on our ability to secure needed resources.
Students advised by me can pursue graduate degrees in one of several programs (see list of former students for details), which they chose based on their interests and curriculum options. Most of my advisees are in the Conservation Sciences graduate program. Acceptance to any of these graduate programs is based on your academic credentials and other application materials (essays, letters), as well as having arranged an adviser willing to advise you. My decision on advising is based on a professional maturity, academic preparation, and available funding (from grants, fellowships, assistantships). Self-funding graduate studies is not advisable for most students—costs of tuition, benefits, salary, and research expenses typically exceed $60K/year.