Graduate Students

Work in the Runcie lab is motived by questions of genetic variation, plasticity, and molecular mechanisms. Most of our projects involve the generation and analysis of large, complex datasets. Therefore, I am particularly interested in students with a strong quantitative background, or who are committed to developing skills in statistics, data analysis, and basic programming.

If you are interested in joining my lab, read a few of our papers, think about what kinds of projects you’d like to pursue, and then contact me. I can currently accept students through the Horticulture and Agronomy, Plant Biology, Biophysics, and Biostatistics graduate groups. Please give me a sense of why you are interested in graduate school and what you hope to study, along with a current CV.

I encourage prospective graduate students to explore fellowship opportunities such:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

UC Davis internal fellowships

Horticulture and Agronomy fellowships


I’m always interested in recruiting talented postdoctoral candidates, and I welcome inquiries about opportunities. I encourage potential postdocs to look into possibilities for fellowship support. These include:

UC Davis Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Program

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Program

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology

USDA-ARS Research Participation Program


Please email me with your CV, and I’d be happy to discuss fellowship possibilities.