Join the lab group

We welcome inquiries from potential students interested in the multitude of areas of study focusing on humans interactions with environment, whether it be for recreation or livelihood. Our research projects page will provide you a sense of the topics that we currently research, but if you have a great idea, we are open to hear it. Graduate students may pursue an M.S. degree or a PhD in Applied Ecology or a Human Dimensions specialization.

Funding is sometimes available for graduate students interested in serving as teaching assistants or research assistants on current projects. Teaching assistantships are sometimes offered by the School of Natural Resources which means you may assist faculty teaching classes in School of Natural Resources.  Research assistantships, when available, are focused on current human dimensions research projects under the direction of your major professor, a post-doc, or a senior graduate student within our Lab. These opportunities allow students to understand the basic requirements of human dimensions research while developing their own research topic. Existing projects may provide possible research topics; however, graduate students should  develop their own questions that fit with their intersts within the context of existing projects or to explore their own theories in an entirely new context. We work with graduate students to seek fellowships, scholarships, and grant funding to support their research endeavors.

To begin the application process, please send a single PDF with the following to Dr. Chris Chizinski (

  • A cover letter which includes a well-articulated statement of research interests and goals, previous research, and relevant experiences
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcripts for all previous coursework and final GPA for any earned degrees (unofficial are ok initially)
  • Identify the degree you are seeking (MS or PhD)
  • A sample of your own, independent writing (e.g., article, term paper)

Applications are welcomed anytime.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We almost always have an opportunity for undergraduates to work in the lab.  Often students will aid the lab with data entry, survey administration, or helping the working group on various tasks.  Undergraduate students working in the lab often work on their own research projects, with opportunities to present the material at scientific meetings or publish peer-reviewed manuscripts. 

There are also other funded opportunities that undergraduates can seek, such as the Cabela's Apprenticeships or UCare.  Interested undergraduates are encouraged to reach out to us to explore the many opportunties that might be available for you. 

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Ph.D. Assistantship – Angler preferences, attitudes, and expenditures in Kansas. 

Description coming soon!

Opportunities for Post-doctoral Scholars

No positions currently available

Opportunities for Staff

No positions currently available