So I'm looking at a few places - advisors rather than programs - and I'm wondering if I should expand the list much and if there might be any problems. I'd like to study cephalopod brains in some fashion for grad school. Places I'm thinking of so far: Stanford UC Berkeley MBL (Brown) Chicago (possibly) These are, honestly, the only American places I can dig up that have PhD programs in biology and have someone doing stuff with cephalopods or allows study of cephalopod brains. The only other place I can think of, Millersville, is a dinky 4-year private college in Pennsylvania with no PhD program, and if it had one, I suspect it would have no real reputation. I can think of Dalhousie and Lethbridge in Canada and the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, but I have to be honest - I'm skeptical about the impact on my career if I go to a non-American university (sounds USA-biased, I know, but it's not harder to get hired abroad with an American degree, as far as I know, and it's harder to get hired in America if you're an American who has a PhD from anywhere outside of America but Oxford and Cambridge or some other well-known and highly prestigious universities), though I'm not planning to stay in the US after I finish my PhD, or at most my postdoc. Who else is doing this stuff in a place that won't ultimately make me regret going to that institution? If these are going to make my grad school search unnecessarily restricted, I also need a little advice on how to find an advisor who might let me do a project that they're not already working on with cephalopods, or even how to find a project that's somewhat tangentially related. I have about a year to gather all this information.