Funded Masters opportunities at William and Mary

Masters opportunities in Ecology and Conservation at the College of

William and Mary

The Biology Department at the College of William and Mary is recruiting

new research Masters students in behavioral, community, plant, wetlands,

viral, functional, spatial, physiological, evolutionary, mathematical and

conservation ecology, to start in Fall 2018.

We offer a two-year research-intensive Masters program where students are

supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many

students, getting a Masters in two years and writing publications and

grants before applying to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or jobs is a

very attractive option. We have a great track record of our recent MS

students going on to excellent PhD programs and professional positions.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio (approximately 7 =96 8 new students each

year with 25 full-time faculty), we offer an intimate and highly

personalized research and education experience. Also, our graduate

students often work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering

numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities to go

along with teaching assistantship experience in formal classes.

Importantly, we have real strengths in many aspects of ecology and

conservation. We have a diverse and active group, including: Harmony

Dalgleish, Jelena Pantel, and Will Soto (community ecology), John Swaddle

and Dan Cristol (behavioral ecology/ecotoxicology), Martha Case

(pollination ecology and plant conservation), Laurie Sanderson (functional

ecology), Joshua Puzey (molecular ecology), Kurt Williamson (viral

ecology), Matthias Leu and Randy Chambers (conservation, wetland, and

landscape ecology), Helen Murphy and Jon Allen (evolutionary ecology),

Drew LaMar (mathematical ecology), and Paul Heideman (physiological

ecology and pedagogy in biology). We have fully equipped labs to conduct

behavioral and evolutionary studies in captivity with vertebrates and

invertebrates, perform ecological experiments in a greenhouse and lab

setting, analyze molecular data using core facilities, and analyze spatial

data in state-of-the-art GIS labs, including our Center for Geospatial

Analyses. The proximity of William and Mary to county, state, and federal

parks as well as the Chesapeake Bay allows for extensive field research


Please visit us at: and more specific

information at the following to explore faculty research lab web pages:

Jon Allen:

Martha Case:

Randy Chambers:

Dan Cristol:

Harmony Dalgleish:

Paul Heideman:

Drew LaMar:

Matthias Leu:

Helen Murphy:

Jelena Pantel:

Joshua Puzey:

Laurie Sanderson: http:/

John Swaddle:

Kurt Williamson:

Will Soto: