Join the lab!

The Smith Lab opened its doors in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis in January 2020. I am recruiting graduate students who respect diverse perspectives, are interested in applying ecological theory to wildlife conservation, have demonstrated excellent quantitative and writing skills, and thrive in both team-based and independent work environments.


Although I will offer partial funding support to admitted students whenever possible, I encourage all prospective students to pursue internal and external funding opportunities available to them. Many of the below fellowships are available to students who are not yet accepted to a graduate program.

UC Davis graduate support:

Funding support for international students:

Other funding opportunities:

New to the world of grad school applications?

Read up here for some tips about reaching out to potential advisors. When contacting me, please include a CV or resume, the names and contact information for three references, a brief description of your research interests, and an explanation of why you are pursuing a graduate degree and why our lab is a good fit for your professional and personal goals.

Contact Justine

Email: justinesmith (at)