Wildlife Genetics


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For Study and Research

Ernest Lab - Wildlife Genetics, Genomics & Population Health

Quality education is a priority with Dr. Ernest and the laboratory.

Acceptance into a graduate group in which Dr. Ernest is a member is required prior to consideration for membership in my lab:
Avian Science, EcologyEpidemiology, Genetics, Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM)

Excellent grades (GPA), GRE scores (~85%ile or higher), and demonstrated research laboratory experience (genomics / genetics), as well as willness to TA to support your program is very important for lab membership consideration. These factors are vital for securing funding - for your tuition, stipend, and research.


Students interested in graduate research/study in ecological genetics/genomics and have a background some combination of the following may find special interest in our lab:

Preference for graduate student membership in our lab will be given to California residents (lower tuition costs), demonstration of Joeexcellent scholarship (academic record, GRE's, research experience) and to students who are awarded external (such as NSF) or substantial UC Davis (such as graduate group fellowships) funding for their studies.  Students who are not USA residents may be considered only if they secure multiple years of fellowship funding from their country, UC Davis, or other funding sources.  Refer to specific UC Davis graduate group web sites for information on UC Davis fellowships.

Due to funding challenges with California state budget, only exceptional applicants with excellent funding opportunities for their research, stipend, and tuition can be considered. Tthat means students who either have secured fellowships prior to starting their graduate degree or have excellent ability to do so during their graduate program and are willing to TA.. To secure such fellowships, students need excellent academic credentials (high GPA and GRE scores), as well as writing, quantitative, and verbal skills. Students should be ready and willing to TA for at least part of their graduate student tenure.  TA means work as teaching assistant for UC Davis undergraduate courses. US citizenship and California residency is required unless student has means to pay the extra non-resident tuition (currently >$16,000 per year on top of regular university fees/tuition).

Since funding for graduate wildlife science research is scarse, all students in our lab are required to apply for fellowships and scholarships. As the students' major professor, Dr. Ernest will help guide this process.  Students receiving fellowship funding are more likely to gain admission to the lab of their choice. Some are available for application prior to graduate school admission. Here is a partial list:

If you believe the interests of our lab match yours and you have excellent grades and GRE’s, send Dr. Ernest an email with the following:

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