I am currently accepting applications for the Master’s in Biology program at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), and am seeking highly motivated students who are broadly interested in addressing research questions related to the functional morphology, biomechanics, and comparative physiology of vertebrates in ecological and evolutionary contexts. Briefly, my lab investigates the origins and maintenance of phenotypic diversity by applying biomechanics, engineering, and physiology as explanatory tools to explain how musculoskeletal design drives whole-organism performance in different environments. I am particularly eager to recruit graduate students with an interest in studying the locomotor biomechanics of amphibious fishes and salamanders. Research projects will integrate empirical and theoretical approaches, computer programming (primarily in R), and have the potential to incorporate museum collections or field work. Fishes and amphibians are the preferred study taxa, but other systems may be considered if the research question is a good fit for the lab. Please refer to my website to learn more about common research themes in my lab and other information for prospective students: http://sandykawano.weebly.com/lab.html
The deadline to apply to the CSULB Master’s program is March 15, 2017, but those received before February 15, 2017 may be eligible for additional financial assistance. Stipends are available as Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships through the Department.
Students must receive sponsorship from a faculty member in order to be accepted into the Master’s program at CSULB, so prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact me prior to applying. Inquiries should include:
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