Dovciak Lab in Plant Ecology
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology — SUNY ESF — 1 Forestry Drive — Syracuse — NY 13210
Joining Lab
Prospective Postdoctoral Scientists
Post-doctoral scientists with research interests in plant or forest ecology who would like to join our group can initiate discussion by sending an e-mail with a short description of research interests, attached CV, and ideally a sample publication. Availability of funding is variable, but I am happy to discuss preparation of collaborative proposals for funding.
Prospective Graduate Students
Graduate students can pursue their interests in plant or forest ecology by working towards PhD, MS, or MPS degrees in Ecology, Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology, Plant Science, or in the Ecosystems Study Area of our interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES). Students should be self-motivated, with an excellent academic record and ideally a prior research or field experience and strong quantitative and writing skills. Graduate studies can be funded either by a research assistantship associated with a funded research project (please check, availability varies), a competitively awarded departmental teaching assistantship, or an outside graduate fellowship (such as EPA-STAR or NSF-predoc). To initiate discussion, please send a brief email with a short paragraph summarizing your research interests, qualifications, and professional goals. Please include your previous degrees, relevant job experience/skills, GPA, GRE (if available) and attach your resume. Details on graduate studies at SUNY-ESF and how to apply can be found here (Department of Environmental Biology) and here (GPES).
Life in the Lab Group
Our group meets regularly during the semester and we also participate in Ecolunch, Global Change, and Adaptive Peaks Seminars; these provide an opportunity to learn about ecology research on campus and elsewhere and they foster a stimulating and collaborative environment. We strive to create an open, honest, engaged, and supportive atmosphere in daily interactions among all lab members. Students are expected to schedule regular individual advising meetings during each semester to recieve feedback and they work independently on their thesis projects in between the meetings. As a major component of graduate training, students develop a research proposal for funding and publish their research in respected peer-reviewed journals. MS students should complete their degrees in 2-3 years, and PhD students in 4-5 years.
Some Reasons for Joining Our Lab
  • We are a dynamic international group focused on global contemporary issues – effects of climate change, biodiversity loss, and plant invasions (more...).
  • Our lab provides excellent collaborative and networking opportunities – our research includes variety of ecosystems and collaborators (more...).
  • SUNY-ESF is one of the largest groups of faculty and graduate students in the US dedicated to environmental and ecological research. Syracuse University (just across the street) provides additional collaborative opportunities (more...).
  • SUNY-ESF has some of the most extensive college-owned research properties in the nation in truly beautiful natural settings (more...).
  • Syracuse couples cultural offerings and urban trappings with its proximity to the great outdoors in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Finger Lakes, and Lake Ontario (more...).

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