Our goal in mentoring graduate students is focused on working collaboratively with individual students who form the nucleus of a diverse, interactive, mutually supportive, and intellectually provocative research group while at Cornell, and go on to be valued colleagues after finishing their degrees.
Students with a proven background in quantitative ecology, bioacoustics, and/or passive acoustic monitoring may find compatible research interests with our group. Students should have at least a basic knowledge of bioacoustic analysis and data collection. All students within the lab work extensively with signal processing and acoustic analysis; additional fields of study include physical oceanography, GIS studies, and behavioral ecology. Students considering graduate studies are expected to excel at quantitative methods, as well as in technical writing and time management.
Depending on the research objectives some students have intensive field studies which require travel, while others collect data locally or remotely. Not all projects or students require fieldwork. Acceptance into Cornell is highly competitive. Prospective students are encouraged to read up on the projects we are currently working on, as well as the publications that have emerged from our group to ensure that the research we do is a good fit for your academic and research goals. The Yang Center has the reputation for being friendly and frank; all of our lab members are available to be contacted.
We strongly encourage prospective students to contact our director Dr. Holger Klinck to discuss available options. Contacting us with a brief statement of purpose and a copy of your CV or resume as part of your first communication is highly encouraged.