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Dr. Stephen Brewer

Graduate Studies White Fringed Orchid

I consider training graduate students a crucial and rewarding part of my academic career. I invest a great deal of time and energy into seeing that my graduate students succeed in their chosen careers.

Before contacting me and before considering applying to the University of Mississippi to study under my guidance, you must meet all of the following basic requirements:

  • You must meet all the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Biology.
  • You must have completed at least two courses in Ecology, Evolution, or Environmental Biology and at least one course each in Plant Biology and English Composition.
  • You must have at least a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade-point average in biology coursework.
  • To pursue a Ph.D. in my lab, you must have a Master of Science degree or at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal, for which you are the primary author.



Under extraordinary circumstances, I could make an exception to the above requirements. If you meet these basic requirements, then I encourage you to contact me by e-mail or with a personal letter in which you describe your research interests.

Successful Graduates:

Sherry Surrette, Ph. D. Spring 2006 - Environmental Conditions Favoring Plant Diversity in Upland Oak and Oak-Pine Forests in Northern Mississippi.

Sarah Hinman, M.S. Spring 2006 - Causes of Plant Species Losses During a Fire-Free Interval in a Wet Pine Savanna.

Steve Aquilani, Ph.D. Spring 2002 - Responses of Avian Communities and their Associated Forest Habitats to Recent Prescribed Burning and Long-Term Fire Suppression (Little Tallahatchie Experimental Forest Research).

Doug Hohman, M.S. Spring 2004 - Avian Communities and Fire History of Three Climax Upland Communities in Northern Mississippi: Mesophytic Forest, Oak-Pine Forest, and Black Belt Prairie.

Amy Gowe, M.S. Spring 2004 - Phylogeny and Fire-Adaptive Traits of the genus Pityopsis.

Funding Graduate Student Research

Much of the research conducted by graduate students in my lab has been funded by Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Program grants. Nearly all of Steve Aquilani's and Doug Hohman's research projects were funded by grants from the Heritage Program. Each grant was in the amount of about $4000. Sherry Surrette's research has been funded by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Audubon Society.

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