Todd W. Anderson
Professor and Director, Coastal & Marine Institute                       
Department of Biology
San Diego State University
San Diego, California 92182-4614    

Phone:   619-594-0995
FAX:       619-594-5676

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Welcome to those of you who may be interested in being part of the Fish Ecology Lab and the graduate program at SDSU. Currently I have six graduate students in my lab. Acceptance of students into my lab in Fall 2013 will depend on research funding, the availability of department teaching or graduate assistantships, and other factors. I look for and expect  motivated, hard-working students who will be diligent in their course work and passionate about their research. 

I encourage you to have a look at our lab web site, where you can find our current research interests and projects.  If you are interested in becoming a graduate student in my lab, I request the following from you:

Contact me by e-mail and (1) send a curriculum vitae or resume (include your GPA and GRE scores if you have them), (2) indicate whether you are interested in the M.S. or Ph.D. program, and (3) in 1-2 pages include your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree, your general or specific research interests, and your long-term career goals.

Before accepting a graduate student, I require meeting them personally. Such a meeting is important for me to assess your fit to the lab and to discuss research interests with you, and for you to meet me as a prospective adviser, meet graduate students currently in the lab, and to evaluate whether my lab is a good fit for you. I appreciate your interest in my lab and the effort it takes to provide materials and to visit me at SDSU. I try to respond to prospective students promptly, although sometimes I am away for research, conferences, or other business.