Prospective Students

Graduate Students mentored in my lab are working on an M.S. in Biology through SDSU’s Evolutionary Biology program or a PhD in Evolutionary Biology offered jointly between SDSU and the University of California, Riverside. I generally accept one or two students per year.

I am always looking for motivated, hard-working students that know why they want to attend graduate school. Students do not necessarily have to work on one of my own projects, and I encourage students to develop their own ideas. Check out the Lab Members page to learn more about student projects that I have sponsored in the lab.

If you are thinking about applying, I suggest you look through my web page and read some of the papers we have published. Then, please send me an e-mail describing your research interests and why you would like to work in my lab. Please also include a resume or CV with GPA and GRE scores.  Also, please indicate whether you intend to apply for the MS, PhD, or whether you are potentially interested in both programs.

Complete information about applying to the MS program can be found on the EB Master’s Program web page.  Complete information about the PhD program can be found on the PhD program web page.

Burns Lab

Burns Lab at 2016 North American Ornithological Conference in DC

Burns Lab 2019

Burns Lab past and present at 2019 American Ornithology Society meetings in Anchorage, Alask

Burns lab past and present at Ornithology meetings in Chicago, Illinois

Burns lab past and present at 2013 Ornithology meetings in Chicago, Illinois