We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for research and education. All lab members must be willing to educate themselves about what this means in the context of their scientific and professional careers.
I accept students interested in pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. level graduate work in marine microbial ecology. Students in the lab will have an opportunity to work on both field and laboratory projects using the latest techniques in molecular biology, genomics, and stable isotope geochemistry. I am able to accept students through either the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) program or the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS). Interested students should contact me to inquire about current funding availability, and should actively pursue independent funding sources (see links below to get started). A common mistake prospective students make is to apply to a graduate program blindly without contacting a faculty member directly, expecting their application to find its way to interested advisors. Don't make that mistake! Please include your CV and a short description of your research interests as they relate to the lab when you email me.
Current graduate students interested in pursuing postdoctoral work in the lab are encouraged to contact me as early as possible in the planning process to discuss potential funding opportunities, and to explore the funding sources listed below.
Research projects during the school year are facilitated through UCSB FRAP; see listings under EEMB and the Marine Science Institute. Summer undergraduate research opportunities are occasionally available. Please contact Alyson via email to discuss opportunities. In your email, please provide a course history, a resume/CV, and a brief statement of your interests. Undergraduates interested in working in the lab should take, or plan to take in the near future, either EEMB144 or EEMB150A.
- Application information for the EEMB program (deadline mid-December)
- Application information for the IGPMS program (deadline mid-December)
- UCSB Graduate Division
Sources of Graduate Funding
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (deadline in late Oct - early Nov. annually)
- NOAA Nancy Foster Fellowship (deadline in October)
- National Defense (NDSEG) Fellowship
- American Association of University Women
- Ford Foundation
Sources of Postdoctoral Funding
- Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Microbial Ecology (deadline June)
- Life Science Research Foundation
- Human Frontiers of Science Program (deadline late August)
- L'Oreal Foundation for Women in Science
- University of California President's Fellowship
- NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoc
- Ford Foundation
- Marie Curie Fellowships (for EU citizens) (deadline Sept)