Information for Prospective Students

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Prospective Graduate Students:

I appreciate your interest in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and my research. I am continually looking for highly motivated graduate students with a desire to address fundamental conservation and aquaculture issues using molecular approaches. To get a better idea of the type of research, please have a look at a summary of current projects. The basic theme is an application of molecular approaches to gain insight into environmental influence on aquatic organisms, including investigating normal physiology (i.e. muscle growth, immune response).

I will commonly accept 1 or 2 students each year dependent on several factors such as funding availability, current research activities, commitments to other students, and potential student interests. If you are interested feel free to contact me, and if you are very interested you are welcome to send me an e-mail with the following information: (1) curriculum vitaé (or résumé), (2) copies of transcripts, (3) summary of research interests.

Some information about the application process in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences…  SAFS requires all incoming students to have at least a minimum of 4 quarters funding guaranteed. Support comes from my own research grants, or any fellowship that you might have been awarded.  Regarding the latter I would strongly encourage anyone going to graduate school to apply for fellowships. No matter where you intend or decide to go, a fellowship will increase the odds of getting accepted and provide flexibility. A partial list of potential funding opportunities for graduate students is listed below. A select number of the highest ranking applicants are typically offered a 2-year scholarship/fellowship from our school.  It is important to note that SAFS receives far more qualified applications than we can possibly hope to admit, which makes the application process very competitive. Please refer to the website for the Graduate Degree Program in SAFS for detailed information about the process and important deadlines.


Prospective Undergraduate Students:

Research lab experience as an undergraduate is an important part of your education in deciding what you enjoy, what you do not enjoy, and better understand what you could enjoy. To give you an idea of what goes on, common techniques used include PCR, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics (data mining). The intent of these opportunities is to provide undergraduate students with hands on experience addressing various aquaculture and conservation issues using advanced molecular techniques. There are several options for receiving credit, including internship (Fish 498), independent research (Fish 499) and Capstone (Fish 494 and 495.) For more info about these options and the forms, please see the SAFS Undergraduate Independent Study website. Minimum time commitment is 10 hours per week. Work-study qualified students are eligible for support. Normally, I will take up to 2 undergraduate students at any given time, so please contact me if you are interested.


More Resources:

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

NSF (Helpful Resource from UW awardee)

Grants in Aid from National Shellfisheries Assoc

NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship


NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships

NOAA SeaGrant (2) Fisheries & Industry



Hertz Foundation  


Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship (AFS)

The Fisheries Scholarship Fund


Fellowship Database via Aldo Leopold Leadership Program