PhD Student Opportunity in Climate-Fisheries Connections, UC Santa Barbara

A PhD research opportunity is available at the University of California, Santa Barbara to study the response of marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry to external climate change, with emphasis on implications for fisheries. There is significant potential for flexibility in defining the scope of the PhD project, and potential projects may include using climate model simulations to assess changes in bottom-up drivers of fishery productivity, interactions between climate variability and fisheries, or marine ecological cost/benefit tradeoffs in future climate scenarios. Students will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art climate and fisheries modeling techniques, as well as syntheses of marine ecological and fishery data in collaboration with the Cheryl Harrison Lab at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, in addition to other members of the vibrant UCSB marine ecological research community.

Prospective students with backgrounds in a quantitative science, and some past experience with programming, are encouraged to apply. We strongly support increasing the diversity of marine research; as such, we particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented populations, or with other types of nontraditional experiences.

Applications may be received either through the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management:

or the UCSB Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Sciences:

The deadline is December 15 for both applications.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Samantha Stevenson ( for more information. See also the lab website at