Updated January 5, 2019


The COAST Lab has a number of opportunities for undergraduates interested in research and/or ocean awareness activities. You can apply via this form. Review of applications will begin at the end (Friday) of Week 2.

Research into spatial variability of ecosystem metabolism. We seek students interested in conducting literature surveys, performing spatial analyses, and/or further developing a GIS database to catalog metadata from published rates of primary production in estuaries throughout the world. This project is described in further detail in the UCSB FRAP Directory.

Machine learning for acoustic quantification of kelp. Interested students will contribute to the annotation and analysis of sonar images as part of an ARPA-e project focused on advancing kelp aquaculture in the United States.

Wave Buoy & Data Portal. With support from UCSB’s Coastal Fund, the COAST Lab is deploying a real-time wave buoy off of Campus Point. Our objective is to build a UCSB-centric ocean portal. We have financial support for two students to contribute to ocean awareness at UCSB: a web developer and a social media & outreach coordinator.


We seek highly motivated, creative individuals interested in combining aspects of environmental fluid mechanics, marine ecology, biogeochemistry and/or emerging technology to advance our understanding of the ocean.

The December 15 deadline for Graduate studies at UCSB has passed, but there will likely be opportunities for admission to the 2020 school year through either the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS) or Department of Geography.