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Join the Lab

Thank you for your interest in joining the Ramirez Lab at the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology and Center for Marine Science! Below you will find information about contacting me and my commitment to my trainees.

I am always on the look out for possible new members to join our research group and am happy to discuss potential research ideas and, if the fit seems right, co-develop proposals for research fellowships or other sources of external funding (see more below). Current and upcoming areas of interest for the lab include (1) effects of multiple stressors on marine taxa and systems, (2) drivers of see turtle somatic growth variation, and (3) reef food web dynamics. However, our interests are broad and I am open to other ideas that intersect with my labs research fociI am particularly interested in prospective students/postdocs who will bring—or are interested in developing—skillsets that would complement and extend existing lab expertise, especially within the context of global environmental change or marine conservation biology. Studies of North Carolina’s coastal systems as well as non-sea turtle taxa are encouraged. 

At the moment, I am not actively recruiting graduate students for the 2023-2024 application cycle. However, as noted above, please reach out if your interests aline with those of the lab so that we can discuss possible paths for joining the lab.

I strongly encourage students from groups historically excluded in STEM to inquire about joining the lab, including members of racial or ethnic minority groups, 2SLGBTQ+ people, women, first generation college students, immigrants, individuals with differing abilities, students from a low-income background, or other marginalized groups. 


All prospective graduate students and postdocs should sent me (ramirezmd [at] uncw.edua brief email (≤3 paragraphs) with the following information: 

  1. A description of your career goals and, for prospective graduate students, how obtaining an advanced degree will help you achieve those goals; 

  2. A short summary of your research interests and how they align with those of the lab;

  3. A short summary of project ideas and/or research topics that interest you (to serve as a starting point for discussion) and skills/tools you hope to develop as a grad/postdoc;

  4. A list of potential external funding sources that may be suitable to fund you (see below); and,

  5. A resume or CV that details previous research experiences, educational history, courses, and GPA (do not send me your transcript).


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