Prospective Students

MS and PhD positions are available in the lab of Dr. Kevin McCluney at Bowling Green State University.

We are particularly seeking a student interested in a USDA funded project examining climatic sensitivity of urban bees in 10 cities across the US, with collaborators Elsa Youngsteadt at NC State and Clint Penick at Auburn. Most of the field research on this project will have been completed. We are looking for a student who would be interested in contributing to the project through sample processing and analysis of this unique data set. However, opportunities are also available for independent related field and lab research.

We are also looking for applications from students interested in other research areas, including 1) urban ecology, 2) physiological ecology, 3) animal water balance and food webs, 4) the role of plants and animals in wetland/riverine nutrient cycling, or 5) aquatic-terrestrial linkages.

We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds. Please see our lab’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.

Strong applicants will receive tuition waivers and stipends for 2-3 (for MS) or 4-6 (for PhD) years, through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

Note, students should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for an MS and 3.2 for a PhD (out of 4), with coursework in biology, chemistry, and math or statistics, and have other documentation of potential for success. International students from certain countries should have a minimum of 7.5 overall IELTS score or 105 on the TOEFL and at least 27 on the speaking portion (note: for a list of exempted countries, see

To Apply:

  1. Interested students should first answer the questions in the linked google form and wait to be contacted by Dr. Kevin McCluney via email. If you encounter difficulties in submitting your answers via this form, please email
  2. Dr. McCluney will reach out to top applicants for further information
  3. Top applicants will then be encouraged to submit a formal application. Applications for entrance in August should be submitted by February 1st for best consideration for funding, but applications after this date may still be competitive.
  4.  For more information about the application process, see:

BGSU is a high research public university, with ~20,000 students, located in NW Ohio, 30 min south of Toledo and ~1 hr from Ann Arbor and Detroit. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and most productive on campus, with approximately 25 faculty and 70 graduate students.

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