Opportunities

Updated September 23, 2019

Undergraduate

The COAST Lab has a number of opportunities for undergraduates interested in research and/or ocean awareness activities.

Biogeochemical cycling in Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Estuaries are sites of rapid biogeochemical processing of both terrestrial and oceanic material. UCSB is fortunate to have a number of small estuaries nearby, including Carpinteria Salt Marsh (CSM) and Goleta Slough. The goal of this project is to measure ecosystem metabolism in CSM: basically we want to know how fast the marsh “breathes” as a function of the tides, waves, and wind. (More technically, we want to quantify the formation and utilization of organic carbon through photosynthesis and respiration, respectively. We do this by measuring dissolved oxygen changes.) Students involved in this project will support direct measurements of ecosystem metabolism in CSM, as well as have the opportunity to: conduct literature surveys, perform spatial analyses, and/or further develop a GIS database to catalog metadata from published rates of primary production in estuaries throughout the world. Biogeochemical cycling in Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Estuaries are sites of rapid biogeochemical processing of both terrestrial and oceanic material. UCSB is fortunate to have a number of small estuaries nearby, including Carpinteria Salt Marsh (CSM) and Goleta Slough. The goal of this project is to measure ecosystem metabolism in CSM: basically we want to know how fast the marsh “breathes” as a function of the tides, waves, and wind. (More technically, we want to quantify the formation and utilization of organic carbon through photosynthesis and respiration, respectively. We do this by measuring dissolved oxygen changes.) 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.

As always, we welcome other well-considered ideas that you bring to the lab.

To apply: send a CV/resume, unofficial transcript (a list of courses completed and your overall GPA is fine), and one-page statement describing your interests/proposed research to nidzieko@ucsb.edu

Graduate

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 deadline for Graduate studies at UCSB is December 15. We will be accepting applications for the 2020 school year through either the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS) or Department of Geography.