Prospective Students

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Prospective Students

I am working to build a diverse and interactive lab group interested in phylogenies and their applications in plant biology.

Graduate Research (MS, PhD)

I am seeking highly motivated students with a strong interest in plant systematics and evolution that are working towards a career or further degree involving collections based research, phylogenetics, phylogeography, taxonomy, and/or evolutionary biology to join my lab.

If you’re interested in using phylogenies to address evolutionary questions and want more information about joining the lab, contact me by phone (208) 885-7033 or email dtank [at] To learn more about the community of evolutionary biologists at UIdaho, check out the Department of Biological Sciences, the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program.

I also encourage you to read this blog post about Applying to Biology PhD Programs.

the next step

Formal applications should include:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a general statement of research interests and experience
  3. a CV, including names and contact information for at least three references

Interested applicants should email materials to dtank [at]

Prospective students will be required to successfully enroll as a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho. For information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to our department graduate programs go here, and for University of Idaho admission go here

Undergraduate Research

There are numerous possibilities for small projects in the lab and I encourage inquiries from undergraduates interested in gaining research experience. If you’re interested in research opportunities in the lab and want more information about possibilities, contact me by phone (208) 885-7033 or email dtank [at]