Join Our Lab

Arthur Middleton:
amiddleton (at)
(510) 664-7730
Mila MacBain:
mmacbain (at)
(510) 643-9705


Office Location:
4 Mulford Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Mailing address:
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720
Prospective Students

We appreciate prospective graduate students’ interest in our lab. Students who work with us pursue either the Ph.D. or, very occasionally, the M.S. in Range Management. If you would like to inquire about graduate study in our lab, please send Arthur Middleton a brief e-mail explaining relevant background, your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, why you are interested in our lab, and what topics or projects you are most interested in. Please include your CV or resume, the names of at least three references, and test scores if you have them. Though you are welcome to contact Arthur any time of year about potential graduate study, the best time is in the late summer and fall –  while still allowing at least several weeks before the application deadline.

In considering prospective Ph.D. students, we will look for evidence of great academic performance and analytic skills; significant work and research experience since college; evidence that you stick with projects and other commitments from start to finish; strong critical thinking and writing skills; respect for diverse perspectives; creativity; and a positive, team-oriented attitude. We are best equipped to support students both financially and logistically in the systems where we already work, but will consider any project ideas in any systems related to our core interests. In all cases, it is valuable when applicants have looked around for additional outside funding (e.g. NSF GRFP or other types of funding), or are at least willing to pursue such opportunities.

From time to time we also have opportunities for postdoctoral study, undergraduate projects, and other forms of research assistance. You are welcome to contact Arthur to inquire about such opportunities, but please copy Mila MacBain, our lab manager. Note that generally, we will post jobs on UC Berkeley, Wildlife Society, and Society for Conservation Biology job sites.