Join the lab
Are you sharp, curious, switched on, and passionate about evolutionary biology? If so, we'd love to have you join the lab! Interested undergrads, grad students, and postdocs are encouraged to email Mark (kirkp < at > mail.utexas.edu). Tell us a bit about your research interests and your background (e.g. by including a CV).
Students in our lab
What do students in our lab work on? Lots of different things in evolutionary genetics!....
• How does mate choice drive changes in the structure of the genome?
• Can we find signatures of sexually-antagonistic selection in genomic data?
• .How and why do genes that cause incompatibilities between species evolve?
• Why are the superabundant microbes in the world's oceans so genetically diverse?
Graduate students in the lab are enrolled in the Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB). The deadline for applications is December 1, but we like to start discussions with students interested in joining the lab much earlier, in the summer or fall. More information about the EEB program can be found here.
Life in Austin
If you haven't been to Austin, your life is not yet complete....
• Get chills in the crystal-clear waters of Barton Springs on a warm summer evening as you watch the moon rise and fish nibble your toes.
• See how many different country's cuisines you can sample in one month from the city's hundreds of food trucks.
• Run the entire length of the 7 mile trail down the shady canyon of Barton Creek.
• Bliss out on the infinite choice of music at SXSW.
Support for students
Our lab has enjoyed continuous funding (mainly from the NIH and NSF). The grants support undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs. Our grad students and postdocs have been very successful in obtaining external funding (for example, from NSF fellowships), which gives them freedom to work on whatever topic interests them. Teaching assistantships are another way our grad students support themselves. Funding for student research and travel to meetings comes from the EEB Graduate Program and grants to the lab.