Lab Members

Lead PI
Dr. Tesla Monson- Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at WWU.
I am currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to work in my lab. Paid positions and work study available. Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Some examples of potential projects: cranial and dental variation in the primate fossil record, the evolution of brain size in the mammal fossil record, the evolution of litter size, changes in skeletal variation in PNW mammals in the Holocene, dog domestication in the Americas, history of POC in biological anthropology, and many, many more.

Please contact me for more information about the lab and/or how to apply.

Timeline for graduate applications

FALL: Reach out to potential faculty that you would be interested in working with. Make sure and familiarize yourself with their research and the work they do in their lab. Write a friendly and professional (but brief! 200-300 words) email explaining why you want to pursue a MA degree at Western and why you want to work with them. Include a CV or resume. You should also reach out to faculty that you would like to write your letters of reference. Faculty need at least 1 month to write a strong letter.

WINTER: Fill out your application. Never hesitate to request feedback from faculty members or other students in your current department. Applications are due by January 15th. You can find all the application information at these sites:
https://gradschool.wwu.edu/admissions-eligibility 
https://gradschool.wwu.edu/anthropology

THERE IS COMPETITIVE FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH TEACHING ASSISTANT AND WORK STUDY POSITIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ENTERING MY LAB.

See also the Funding Opportunities page.