Join the lab!

The Smith Lab opened its doors in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis in January 2020. Successful applicants to our group 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 it is unlikely that our group will bring on a new student in the 2021-2022 academic year, please feel free to contact Justine to inquire about future opportunities.


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 a brief 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)