Information for the Carter Lab
Department of Biology - Ball State
to Dr. Carterís Wildlife Biology Lab at Ball State University. While
the majority of my personal research has been focused on the Chiropteran
and small mammal communities, I am open to research ideas on any
terrestrial vertebrates. The majority of my research studies do have a
strong land management and or endangered species focus.
Additionally, most of my graduate students conduct their thesis research
on bats inline with the ongoing research of my lab.
OF THE LAB
three main goals for students that come through my lab: 1) Learn to
conduct sound scientific research, 2) train students to think critically
and independently, and 3) to produce high quality publications and
philosophy as a professor and advisor is to guide students through the
learning process by teaching them how to learn and much as what to
learn. While each student is different, I prefer not to micromanage
students. Instead, I most often leave students to manage their time as
they see fit. I do however, expect that work will get done in a timely
manner and that all deadlines will be met.
WORKING IN MY LAB
While most of the information found in these web pages is aimed at
potential graduate students it also applies to those dedicated and
motivated undergraduates that wish to become involved.
If you are
interested in working in my lab as an undergraduate please fill in this
document and return to me with your resume or CV and any other documents
you would like to share with me.
I generally expect undergrad to volunteer with
current on-going research projects and help around the lab prior to
initiating their own research. I expect members of my lab to
be active participants to maintain any rights or privileges
associated with my lab.
Students interested in conducting an Honor's Thesis
under my direction must receive my verbal approval at least 12
months prior to graduation and be prepared to submit a full proposal
and adhere to a strict timeline.
interested in a Graduate position, please fill in this
and return to me with your CV and any other documents
you would like to share with me. I
suggest you also visit the Departmental Masterís Degree webpage (http://www.bsu.edu/biology/masters/)
and consult the following document about
Graduate School at BSU.
The Department of Biology at Ball State University offers teaching
assistantships (see Master's webpage above). These are
competitive and the deadline for applications for assistantships is
February 1 each year. Students should not confuse acceptance
into the graduate school with receiving an assistantship. The
BSU Graduate School will admit anyone who meets the minimum
requirements. In order to be admitted into my lab you must
meet three criteria: 1) be accepted into the graduate school, 2)
receive an assistantship through the Department of Biology (or some
other scholarship) and 3) receive support from me for being your
Some words of advise: Steps 1 and 2 are pointless unless you
also can get #3. I will make my decisions on who I will
support in mid to late January, there is little point in submitting
applications (and paying the associated fees) until you receive my
As stated elsewhere, most of the research conducted out of my lab is
based on bats and bat ecology. As such, potential students
should anticipate a research focus in that area. Since few
applicants have much experience working with bats, I place great
emphasis on previous research experience, especially
field experience with vertebrates.
I also am looking for candidates with experience working with the
tools used commonly in bat research (e.g., radio telemetry and mistnets).