Join the Stireman lab!

I am always potentially interested in having new bright graduate students joining my lab at Wright State University. If you plan to pursue graduate research in biology and have a keen interest in insect ecology and evolution this may be the place for you. You can see my Research and Publication pages to see some of the projects we have been working on. Some of our main interests include Adaptive radiation and speciation, tri-trophic interactions, plant-insect interactions, behavioral and chemical ecology, community ecology, and insect systematics and phylogeny, among other topics. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the lab (john.stireman at

Masters of Science (MS)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University hosts a large and vibrant Masters program in Biology with students pursuing a broad array of biological research. Several students in the Stireman lab have successfully completed this degree (see People). This program is very flexible with only a few required courses (Writing, Introduction to Research), and students typically complete their degrees in 2-2.5 years. Students are generally supported by part-time teaching or research assistantships, however these assistantships can be highly competitive. Please see the WSU graduate school webpage and the Biological Sciences Department graduate page for more information and application instructions.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD students in the lab are typically enrolled in the Environmental Sciences PhD program at Wright State University. This is a broad, interdisciplinary program involving several departments in addition to Biological Sciences such as Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics. Although this program emphasizes applied environmental research (e.g., conservation), students work on a wide variety of basic and applied research topics. One student currently in the Stireman lab is in the ES PhD program. The program provides competitive support to students, although grant funding by the PI or student is also necessary. For more information about the program please see the WSU graduate school webpage and the Environmental Sciences PhD web page.

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