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Prospective Students



We are interested in accepting graduate students who want to broadly pursue any of the research topics in the lab. Preferred candidates have a strong background in natural history to be able to apply that skill to collecting field data particular to our questions and approaches. While many students join the lab wanting to have field experiences, embracing a holistic approach to developing and learning new skillsets is essential for your success. These skills include: reading the scientific literature to enrich your work, coding, understanding and applying basic statistical approaches for your research, writing and being able to present your results to both colleagues and the public. If 1) this sounds like you 2) you have read over some of the papers from our lab (see Research/Publications pages) and the topics interest you, then please reach out about potential graduate opportunities in the lab!   Please read the following expectations of conduct and what to expect from me as a mentor hereWhen reaching out please send me an email with:

  1. A cover letter outlining who you are, your basic and applied interests, the kind of project you might want to do in graduate school, and your short- and long-term career goals.

  2. A CV summarizing work and academic experience, including your GPA.

  3. A writing sample (~250 words) describing the type of project that you would like to pursue based on the research topics that our lab pursues. This does not mean you will be bound to said project, but would allow us to see how well you assimilate ideas based upon our labs research focus. 


There are multiple paths for funding available. Certain types of projects may have funding available through grants. The Biological Sciences Department at CSULB provides graduate student teaching assistantships. The Department also has several fellowships that it awards every year including the Loomis Memorial Endowment Fellowship and the Graduate Research Fellowship. In addition, support is also offered through the Bridges to the Doctorate Program.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB awards multiple scholarships and fellowships for graduate students each year.



We have undergraduate research opportunities both locally and internationally in the lab and are happy to talk with any interested students. In most cases if you are just trying to get your feet wet, we will plug you in to help with an existing project run by a graduate student. For students who want to continue on, we can offer independently run projects under lab supervision. You can get in touch with Ari Martínez or any other member of the lab. When reaching out to me by email please send:

  1. A cover letter describing yourself, your basic and applied interests, the level of involvement you might want in the lab (just hands on experience or independent study), your short- and long-term career goals, and how the research our lab pursues will help you achieve these goals

  2. A CV summarizing work and academic experience (including relevant coursework and your GPA)



Undergraduates should also go to  scholarships and fellowships offered by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB to look for additional funding opportunities.

The Department at CSULB offers the Bennet and Peggy Kayser Student Award to undergraduate students with student research expenses associated with field research.  Apply here for scholarships and fellowships offered by the Department and the College.

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