Need Recommendations for Evol. Bio. Programs
jrg43 at columbia.edu
Sun Sep 8 14:16:17 EST 1996
"Rankings" of grad programs are not so useful. Look through program
descriptions and see which sound most appropriate for you.
1. You might try looking through your Evolution textbook, write down
names of people whose research sounds interesting, and use BIOSIS to find
out where they're working and what they're publishing now.
2. If you're primarily interested in evolution, try this site for
descriptions of different graduate programs:
3. If you're primarily interested in behavior, look through the info put
up by the Nebraska Behavioral Biology Group:
The Animal Behavior Society has a pamphlet on Graduate Programs in Animal
Behavior, but the edition I have is from 1990. I don't know if there's a
more recent one. NBBG has links to ABS.
4. If you're primarily interested in studying evolution of a particular
species, you may be interested in a program that emphasizes that species
(e.g. primatology, entomology). Look through the appropriate
subdiscipline (mammalogy, ichthyology, etc) at this site:
5. Peterson's Guide to Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences has a
section on programs in Evolutionary Biology.
6. Once you find a few programs that sound interesting, visit the campus
and talk to grad students/postdocs/profs/secretaries. Ask where those
students who have completed the program in the last few years have ended
up. This direct information on employability of graduates is probably
more useful to you than rankings, which may be based on factors that are
not relevant to you.
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