Join the Lab

Thank you for your interest in the Wildlife Coexistence Lab (WildCo)!


** WildCo will not be accepting new graduate students until September 2024 **

Dr. Burton will be on sabbatical leave during the 2023-24 academic year.


We will post future graduate student openings here and on twitter (@wildco_lab).

We are very grateful to receive many inquiries about possible graduate student positions within WildCo – it makes us hopeful about the future of wildlife conservation!  We apologize in advance that we are unable to respond to each inquiry.

WildCo welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Incoming students can work on research themes that we are already actively pursuing, or on related topics that they have developed. We are seeking critical thinkers and good communicators with a passion for scientific inquiry, a collaborative spirit, an ability to work independently, and a strong desire to apply research to “real world” conservation challenges. WildCo is particularly interested in students with strong quantitative skills and experience conducting field research, as well as those striving for an interdisciplinary perspective. We value partnerships in research and application with individuals and organizations outside of academia.

Please familiarize yourself with the process for applying to graduate school through UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. Funding is a key consideration in accepting graduate students and postdocs; they should be prepared to develop their grant writing skills and play an active role in seeking research funds. We encourage inquiries from prospective students who identify as members of groups typically underrepresented in science and academia, including Indigenous students who may be eligible for UBC Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships.

​If you wish to inquire about possible future positions with WildCo that are not advertised here, please email Cole with the following (and please understand that we are unfortunately not able to respond to all inquiries):

  1. A brief statement of your research interests and reasons for wanting to join WildCo.
  2. A copy of your CV, highlighting relevant experience.
  3. Your academic transcripts (unofficial ok).
  4. Writing sample (e.g., publication, undergraduate thesis).
  5. Whether or not you have applied for external funding or intend to (eg. NSERC).
  6. Your favourite wildlife species 🙂

Thank you again for your interest in WildCo!