July 2016

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thanks for your interest in the Collinge lab! I currently serve as primary advisor for students in the graduate program in Environmental Studies (ENVS) (http://www.colorado.edu/envs/) and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for students in the EBIO and Geography departments. My students conduct independent and integrated research related to conservation biology, restoration ecology, and the integration of ecological processes with human values and policies. My current research, funded by an NSF LTREB grant, is focused on vernal pool plant community ecology and restoration, which is based at my long-term field site at Travis Air Force Base, California.

I will return from a sabbatical leave in Fall 2016 and intend to recruit 2-3 students for the Fall 2017 semester. To express your formal interest in the possibility of being a member of my lab group, please review my web site and send me a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of your research interests, as well as a brief resume or CV. I’ll respond as quickly as possible to your inquiry.

It is my hope to make a positive contribution toward increased diversity and inclusion of students and faculty in the fields of ecology and environmental studies.  I especially encourage members of underrepresented groups in ecology and environmental studies to apply to our graduate program.  Thanks again for your interest in my research program, and I look forward to hearing more from you!

Sincerely,

Sharon Collinge