The Beckman Research Group pursues interdisciplinary research questions, drawing on ecology, behavior, and evolution, and involve mathematical, statistical, and empirical approaches. In my research group, I encourage this approach within a stimulating and challenging scientific environment in which members can exchange ideas, pursue independent research, and establish collaborations across disciplines.
I am currently recruiting motivated and qualified researchers passionate about their research to contribute to a productive and vibrant research environment . If you are interested in joining the group, please familiarize yourself with the group's research themes and policies. Send me a letter or email introducing yourself and a CV. In your letter, include a description of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the group as well as a summary of your prior research experience and your academic background. You can also find me at an upcoming conference to chat about research ideas! See more details about positions below.
I have openings for graduate positions. A description is available here.
While I will be closely involved in the research of master’s students, I expect a high level of independence from doctoral students in pursuing research questions and applying for funding.
Below are several resources for potential graduate students:
- Dr. Chris Golde's Questions To Ask When Thinking About Pursuing a Ph.D.
- Dr. Spencer Hall's library of resources for graduate students, including advice on being a graduate student.
- Dr. Walter Carson's 1999 "A Primer On How To Apply To And Get Admitted To Graduate School In Ecology And Evolutionary Biology" published in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
- Dr. Meghan Duffy's "Thoughts on Applying to Grad School (for prospective students and their mentors)", and see the links to references therein.
- Dr. Henry Howe's advice for prospective graduate students.
- A Guide to Graduate School for Students at Minority Serving Institutions from the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at University of Pennsylvania
- Resources available from PHDs.org
Established in 1975, the undergraduate research program at USU is the second oldest in the nation following behind MIT. As undergraduate research was critical in defining my career choices, I involve undergraduates in my research and look forward to mentoring students in independent projects related to my research or other members of my research group.
To learn more about seedscape ecology and research on-going within the group, undergraduates can volunteer or register for research credit (BIOL 5800) throughout the year. Through this experience, undergraduates are expected to meet weekly with a graduate student and meet regularly with Dr. Beckman, engage in group activities (e.g. lab meetings), contribute to research activities, and read primary research articles. After learning more about the group's research, interested undergraduates can work with Dr. Beckman to obtain funding for independent research through USU and the Biology department.
The skills acquired while conducting biological research are useful for potential scientists as well as students across various disciplines.
I currently do not have support for postdoctoral researchers, but am interested in collaborating with interested researchers to codevelop proposals for funding.
Below are potential funding sources:
- Ford Foundation Fellowships (deadline in December)
- National Science Foundation (deadline in November)
- National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (deadline in September)
- David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program (deadline in early September) - applied conservation
- Smithsonian Fellowships
- James S. McDonnell Foundation - "Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems" (deadline in June)
Verde Elemental is a digital publication dedicated to promoting and disseminating knowledge in ecology and conservation in Latin America. If you are interested in science communication and ecology and conservation in Latin America and would like to contribute to Verde Elemental, please get in touch with me or the director, Dr. Carol Garzon.