JOIN THE BROCK LAB
Team Savres wants you !
The Brock Lab will open in the Biology Department at San Diego State University in January 2024. Our lab is in the Evolutionary Biology Program and is strongly tied to the SDSU Biodiversity Museum. I am recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students to join the lab in Fall 2024. The graduate application at SDSU is due on December 15, 2023. If you are interested in applying to work with me at SDSU, then please send me an e-mail with your CV and a short description of your experience and grad school research interests. Prospective students who are eligible for the GRFP should get in touch by early August to discuss fellowship proposals that align with the lab.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
There are several ways to get involved in research with our lab. To get started, please peruse the website and familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions we are interested in and work we do. If you are still excited, send Dr. Brock an email briefly describing your interest in the lab and research.
Mentorship is important to our lab. High school students will work closely with a graduate student mentor in addition to being supervised by me. We have opportunities in the lab in San Diego doing experiments, data processing, and molecular work, as well as lots of field opportunities working with live animals in their natural environments.
Involving undergraduate students in our research is very important to our lab. To get started, please peruse the website and familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions we are interested in and work we do. Take a look at our published research to get a sense of the kind of work you would be doing with us. If you are still excited, send Dr. Brock an email briefly describing your interest in the lab and research.
Undergraduate students can get involved by attending our weekly lab meeting where we discuss new literature in our field and ongoing projects in the lab. There are paid opportunities to do research with us as well as research credit opportunities. Please look through this website to determine what paid opportunities you are eligible for.
I am currently recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students to start in the Evolutionary Biology program in Fall 2024. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me at SDSU, please peruse this website and familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions we are interested in and work we do. Take a look at our published research to get a sense of the kind of work you would be doing with us. If you are still excited, send Dr. Brock an email with your CV and brief description of your research interests and why you want to join the lab.
I am highly supportive of experienced students who want to pursue research in urban evolution outside of my specific wall lizard study systems in Greece, Italy, and California. Students who want to work on systems that I do not have funding for will need to do a lot of work to secure their own funding fieldwork (I did this as a PhD student - it can be done!), which I am happy to assist you in doing. The NSF GRFP, National Geographic, and academic societies (e.g.: the Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists, Herpetologist's League, etc.) offer funding for graduate student research. Whether you pursue other study systems or wallies, applying for grants and fellowships is an expectation I hold for all graduate students as it builds writing and communication skills and gives students more independence.
I am very interested in collaborating with postdocs on urban evolution. San Diego is a great place to do urban work because you will have access to two of the big, relatively biodiverse cities on the west coast (SD and LA). I am a former NSF postdoctoral research fellow in biology, and am excited to work with prospective postdocs on NSF PRFB applications! Please get in touch via e-mail if you are interested in working with me on any postdoctoral fellowship application.