Resources for Undergrads Interested in Fish Research!

Hi everyone! We hope your fall quarter is off to a good start.

Our AFS officers have compiled a resource for undergraduate students looking to get involved in fish-related research. We’ve sent out the attached spreadsheet to labs across the Davis and Bodega Bay campus, collecting information from PIs who work in various aquatic systems. Whether you’re interested in freshwater, estuarine, or marine fishes, across fields as diverse as ecotoxicology, conservation, fisheries management, physiology, and genomics, you may find a lab with open opportunities that suits your specific interests and goals.

Take a peek below:


Fishmail Friday 3/10: Fishmail returns!

Hi friends,

I’ve been horrible about cross-posting Fishmail from the listserv to the website, so I am re-dedicating myself to the task. Please look below for a smattering of job opportunities, cool events, and more:

1. Feedback Form Open for CalNeva AFS Conference

To those who attended the conference, an email containing this survey should have reached you already. For those that did not attend and would like to give your 2 cents on how you think the conference could be improved you should also fill it out! You can just skip to the bottom portion which asks for additional comments. Describing why you were not able to attend, how disappointed you are that you had to miss it, and thoughts on ways to improve accessibility would be greatly appreciated! We didn’t get as much student representation as we could have due to the timing of the conference. Without direct feedback, organizers of the conference are forced to make assumptions and guesses about the best way to run the event and when to hold it. So we really encourage people with feedback to fill out the survey! If you have any direct feedback for any of the chairs, their emails can be found on our website.

Conference Survey

2. WDAFS Abstracts Due 3/17 + Travel Grant DUE TODAY

The Western Division of AFS has not received any applications for their travel grant to support students to go to the regional meeting in Boise. [THIS MEANS THERE IS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.]
The meeting will be in Boise this year May 8-11. Deets are below. The deadline is this Friday but WDAFS should be able to accommodate late submissions. 
The Western Division Diversity and Inclusion committee provides a travel award for the Boise meeting called the Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Award. It provides up to $1000 to travel and attend the meeting. The awardee is paired up with a mentor from the Diversity & Inclusion committee and participates in Committee activities for a year. In the past, the awardee has developed a project around DEI for their sub-unit, the Chapter, or the broader fisheries field. Those interested should submit a letter of nomination/self-nomination to diversityinclusion@wdafs.org on their interest in fisheries and in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion-related leadership skills. More details on the award can be found at https://wdafs.org/awards/information-deadlines-applications/diversity-and-inclusion-awards/ or by emailing diversityinclusion@wdafs.org .

Abstract submission has been extended to March 17, 2023.

This will be the only extension offered. Abstracts are now being accepted for the Idaho Chapter/Western Division American Fisheries Society
meeting in Boise, ID to be held May 8-11, 2023. Workshops will be on Monday, May 8th, the plenary address will be on Tuesday morning, and the remaining sessions will occur Tuesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, May 9-11. 

We will offer three presentation options:
1. Standard 20-minute oral presentation (15-minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions, slide format 16:9)
2. 5-minute IGNITE! presentation (5-minute presentation with timed slides and no questions, slide format 16:9)
3. Poster presentation (36” by 48”) 

We welcome submissions on topics across the spectrum of fisheries science, management, and
administration, including those related to the meeting theme or the 13 symposia (viewable during the
abstract submission process).

Please submit your abstracts via Google forms by the extended deadline of March 17, 2023. Abstracts should be 300 words or less; a direct link is provided here. For more information on abstract submission and the types of presentations, please visit the annual meeting website here.

Please contact the Abstract Submission Chair, Jessica Buelow, Jessica.buelow@idfg.idaho.gov for questions related to abstract submission.

3. HS Outreach To Teach About Local Wetland

The CWS DEI committee is planning another outreach with a high school in Fairfield, similar to what we did last year. We are trying to decide feasibility to do this outreach and would like to gauge volunteer availability for the different dates. If you are interested in getting to hang out in a classroom for a day or two and interact with high schoolers please sign up! It is really rewarding and we provide free lunch and transportation!Here is the link to sign up

4. Volunteer for California Duck Days Festival!

Saturday, April 29 | 9 am – 4 pm

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California Duck Days is a family oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities for people of all ages. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, and much more. This is located at the Yolo Basin Foundation and Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters – 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis, CA.
Here are just a few of the ways you can participate in the California Duck Days festival.

  • Tracks, Scat, and Signs Station – help kids make animal prints on the sand and learn about wetland animal tracks and scat.
  • Paint-a-Duck Activity – help kids to paint ducks on canvases using duck stencils to guide them.
  • Ducklings Attendant – assist with showing baby mallard ducklings to the public.
  • Water Quality Activity – help kids to follow directions on how to use meters to test water samples and record their chemical results on a large poster chart.
  • Wetland Pond Exploration at the Seasonal Pond – assist kids in collecting water samples and netting water bugs to explore.
  • Clean-up Team – take down tables, chairs, canopies, and more.

Click Here to Sign Up

Volunteer groups and individual volunteers are welcome! For questions about volunteering contact Juliana Luna at volunteer@yolobasin.org.

5. Daniel Swain and Weather West

Great blog and youtube channel. Daniel is a climate scientist and alum of UC Davis – his blog, Weather West, explains current California weather events in a scientific, but accessible way. Daniel has also started a youtube channel and does virtual office hours once or twice a week – if you log in while it is live, you can ask questions, or you can watch the recording afterwards. His scientific pubs are also informative, he brought us climate whiplash

6. Putah Creek Volunteer Flyer

We are seeking undergraduates to assist with field research on Putah Creek near
Winters, CA as part of a long-term monitoring study of Chinook salmon population
dynamics in the Fangue and Rypel labs.
Fieldwork will include daily checks of a rotary screw trap deployed in Putah Creek to
capture outmigrating Chinook salmon molts. Undergraduates can expect to gain skills
including safe capture and handling of freshwater fishes using nets, collecting
morphometric measurements for fishes, data recording, and assisting with setup and
operation of mobile fish surgery stations for implanting telemetry tags into fish.
Expectations for undergraduates:

  • Course schedule and other commitments allow undergraduate to work at least
    one day (in a ~5 hour block) per week, including potentially weekends and
    university holidays
  • Willing to work mornings – the field team meets at 7am daily!
  • Willing to get wet, muddy, and handle slimy organisms (fish, frogs, etc.)
    At present this opportunity is unpaid, though if undergraduates are interested, we can
    discuss the potential for having undergraduates apply to the Swift Scholarship for
    funding their time.
    For more information, please contact Anne Boyd at aboyd@ucdavis.edu

7. Cool Campus Competition

JOIN THE UC DAVIS vs UC BERKELEY SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE! This inter-campus competition aims at encouraging people to take individual action toward sustainability, reducing utility usage, and minimizing their carbon footprint! If you want to learn about how you can make a difference, while also engaging in a friendly rivalry, sign up here or use the QR code on our flyers! Remind the world the UC Davis is 



8. Fisheries Internships on the Tiller Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest Southwestern Oregon

The Tiller Ranger District on the Umpqua National Forest in southwestern Oregon is looking to fill up to three fisheries internship positions for the summer.  Start and end dates are flexible, housing and a stipend will be provided. Please feel free to distribute the attached announcement to your students.

Interested in gaining experience in fisheries? The Tiller Ranger District will be filling up to three
Fisheries Internship positions. These positions are designed to introduce students to fisheries
management on federal lands and provide work experience. Fisheries internships include
checking smolt traps, identification of salmonid and non-game species, measuring and marking
of fish, stream surveys, snorkel counts, eDNA sampling, electrofishing, invasives species
removal and participating in several habitat restoration projects.
Starting and ending dates are flexible, housing and a stipend ($30/working day) will be provided.
Interested students should submit a letter of interest, resume and transcripts (unofficial okay) via
email to Amy Rusk amy.rusk@usda.gov by March 31, 2023.

9. Central Valley and Bay-Delta Biologist Job Announcement

Our Division is hiring a number of new fish biologist positions. These jobs lead and collaborate with others on science application, communication, and research focused on managing Central Valley and Bay Delta fish, habitats, and aquatic ecosystems. We are looking for applicants who can contribute to original applied scientific research in support of Reclamation’s information needs such as fish biology, food webs, and habitat effects on population dynamics of California Central Valley and Bay-Delta fishes. Other needs include evaluating observational and predictive information to inform decision makers and assessing the effectiveness of water supply, habitat, and hatchery actions in the California Central Valley and Bay-Delta occurring as part of the CVP. These positions will support the development of conceptual and mathematical models to describe the relationship between aquatic ecosystem states, population dynamics of fishes, and CVP activities.

Here is a link on USA Jobs.  Please distribute to anyone you think may be interested. 

Direct Hire Authority: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

OK, that’s all!

Keep on swimmin,

Your AFS Officers

Friday Fishmail (1/6/23): Register for Cal-Neva :)

Happy New Year, everyone! Here are some updates from this past week.

1. FILL OUT AFS CAL NEVA LONGBEACH CONFERENCE INTENTIONS!💸2. Volunteer planting tomorrow at Lake Solano! 🌳3. Volunteer at the Putah Creek nursery 🌱4. Job opportunity with DWR – CEQA + NEPA Specialist 🕵5. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Recovery Job 🐟6. Apply TODAY to work at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences (CWS) – Junior Specialist 🐟7. Assistant Specialist position at UCD CWS  🐟8. Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) with CDFW – Heritage and Wild Trout Program + Beaver Plan 

1. Please fill out this form to request financial help for attending the Cal-Neva AFS conference  which will be held in Long Beach from Feb 28th- March 3rd! Costs of attendance and travel can be mitigated by AFS. Student registration can be offset by volunteering to work the registration booth or other conference tasks. Reach out to Claire Ingel (claire.ingel@wildlife.ca.gov) or Miranda (mirbell@ucdavis.edu) for details. If you are planning to attend and would like travel reimbursement, please fill out this poll! Cal-Neva AFS can not guarantee that we will be able to cover all travel costs. This application is to determine allocation of existing funds. POLL CLOSES ONE WEEK FROM TODAY: 1/13.
Planning is underway for this year’s Cal-Neva AFS conference. Student participation in planning and attendance is strongly encouraged! Between the Aquarium of the Pacific social, the spawning run, banquet, and more there are plenty of opportunities for fun and networking at the conference! Here are more student-focused events:

  • Student Symposium – participating students can present their research to a friendly audience, and be eligible for cash prizes for Best Student Presentation. Cash prizes are also available for Best Student Poster 
  • There will be a student networking event, where students can interact with professionals in a low key environment and with a catered lunch.
  • There will be a student social. An event by students, for students.

In the poll we ask if you are interested in being involved with planning these things. It is an opportunity to make sure this conference is the best one yet and serves the interests of students like you!
Abstracts are due!! If you would like to give a talk or present a poster, be sure to submit your abstract hereDUE BY MONDAY 1/9

2. Join Putah Creek Council tomorrow, Jan 7th, from 9 am to 12 pm. “Putah Creek Council, the Solano Resource Conservation District, and Solano County Parks are hosting three planting events to add new restoration areas to Lake Solano Park. This is the first of the three plantings, the other two are on January 21st and February 4th. From 9am-12pm, we will be out in the park planting. Depending on recent rain, we will be either planting sedges on the day use side hill, planting flowering plants near the Nature Center, or planting trees and shrubs in the campground. All are welcome to join us, and no prior experience is necessary. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, prepare to get muddy! Water, snacks, and all required equipment will be provided. Parking is available on the day use side of the park and volunteers will receive parking fee waivers. Please see PCC staff at the event for a parking placard to put on your car’s dashboard.”


3. Nursery Volunteer Day with Putah Creek Council Jan 11th 9 am – 12 pm“The nursery needs your help!

Do you love native plants? Nursery volunteer days are a fun way to learn about the amazing plants of Putah Creek and meet like minded people!

Fall planting season is just around the corner and nursery staff is busy propagating plants for our restoration partners.  Come help us seed, transplant, and care for the beautiful native plants we are growing for our watershed. We will have opportunities to volunteer every Wednesday from 9am-noon.

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4. CEQA + NEPA Specialist Position at DWR

DWR is looking for more applicants! “It’s a new year and maybe your resolution is to advance your career or gain more experience doing something different. If that is you, I encourage you to apply for this position. For everyone else, please share this job posting with others you know that may be interested in this position, whether another DWR employee, a colleague from another agency, consultant, or educational institution. The final filing date for this position is 1/13/2023.

If you previously submitted an application package, it remains under consideration and you do not need to reapply.”CEQA & NEPA Specialist


$7,336.00 – $9,126.00 per Month

Job Description and Duties

Incumbent provides highly specialized scientific and regulatory compliance services to ensure Department of Water Resources (DWR) compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and applicable federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations in support of DWR’s continued operation and maintenance of the State Water Project, flood protection and levee maintenance activities, and protection and restoration of the State’s ecosystem.  As a matrixed multi-disciplinary environmental team, the Environmental Services Branch provides comprehensive and specialized environmental regulatory compliance services to support the Department’s wide range of activities. This position works collaboratively and in close coordination with the Environmental Assessments and Permitting Section, which ensures multi-disciplinary support amongst the Branch Division, and Department-wide, and with federal, State, and local agencies and stakeholders.”

5. LCT Recovery Project Job

“The Bishop CDFW office is currently advertising for seven Scientific Aids to assist with our Lahontan Cutthroat Trout recovery project at Silver Creek that’s with the Humboldt-Toyiabe National Forest adjacent to the Marine Corp Mountain Warfare Training Center. This is an active project that requires long days and strenuous work in remote environments where staff will be mostly camping. These positions are seasonal from approximately June through late October, weather depending. If this sounds exciting to you or anyone you know then please forward them this email. The final filing date is 1/11/2023.

We encourage all interested applicants to apply.” PDF description attached to this email.https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=346311image.png
6. Junior Specialist – Job Opportunity
“We seek to fill a non-tenured, academic term appointment as a Junior Specialist. This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries. Apply by January 6. View the application and position requirements at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05398.”
7. Assistant Specialist – Job Opportunity“We seek to fill a non-tenured, academic term appointment as an Assistant Specialist. This position of Specialist provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. Candidates must be apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintain technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, and participate in the planning of research and educational programs. Apply by January 31. View application and position requirements at this link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05374. “
8. CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist – Heritage and Wild Trout Program + Beaver unit
“Please help me spread the word about a Sr. Environmental Scientist (Specialist) opening at CDFW.  This position will be housed under the Heritage and Wild Trout Program and serve as the nexus between our program and CDFW’s new Beaver Unit.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in applying nature-based restoration techniques to benefit California’s native fishes.  A competitive applicant for a Senior ES position will have 5 years of professional experience, or a combination of professional experience and a graduate degree.  See below for a description of the position and link to the job posting.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the job or the state application process.”

“Do you have a passion for nature-based restoration work and the desire to be part of a team responsible for developing cutting-edge Beaver policies for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department)? The Department’s Fisheries Branch is looking for a highly motivated team player that has a background in fisheries ecology and an understanding of both the benefits and impacts of traditional and nature-based restoration on native fish populations at the watershed-level scale.

This position provides the right applicant a unique opportunity to join the Department’s newly formed Beaver Unit as a fisheries specialist responsible for providing technical expertise while drafting the Department’s Beaver Plan (Plan). The Plan, in part, will address policy surrounding the impacts and benefits of beaver reintroduction and translocation, installation of Beaver Dam Analogs, and potential ecological effects – especially those pertaining to native fish populations.

The Beaver Unit is responsible for keeping the Department’s leadership informed as the Plan is being developed. This is a highly visible, high priority project, and the incumbent will be the primary Fisheries Branch liaison responsible for collaborating with the rest of the Beaver Unit staff within Wildlife Branch.

Please see the job add and duty statement for detailed information about this position. Final Filing Date: 1/11/2023

Happy 2023,Your AFS Officers

Friday Fishmail (12/16/22): Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Merry Friday to all who celebrate!

Just because school is out doesn’t mean the jobs stop coming! Here are some exciting opportunities that have come across our inboxes this past week.

1. CDFW Stockton Office Hiring Event in Fairfield

2. Assistant Fisheries Professor Position at Louisiana State University 

3. Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis Recruiting Junior Specialist

4. Putah Creek Volunteer Opportunity

1. CDFW Stockton Office Hiring Event in Fairfield

Please see this link for 2 open Fish and Wildlife Technician positions.  They are limited 12 month term positions, but may be extended or made permanent.  These positions will be supporting the Interagency Ecological Program’s monitoring programs, work primarily aboard vessels collecting fish and invertebrates.  

Event: Hiring Event – Apply and Interview on the Spot!

When: Monday December 19, 2022

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Where: WDB of Solano County, 500 Chadbourne Rd, Suite A Fairfield, CA 94534

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2. Assistant Fisheries Professor Position Louisiana State University 


3. Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis Recruiting Junior Specialist

The Center for Watershed Sciences is recruiting for another Junior Specialist.

See attachment for details. 

4. Putah Creek Volunteer Opportunity

Doing nursery work may not seem very fishy but healthy riparian ecosystems support healthy fisheries! Check out this opportunity to support restoration work at Putah Creek.


Friday Fishmail (12/2/22): Welcome to Fishmail!

Hello all! We’ve started sending out weekly emails (fishmails?) with club updates and job opportunities. I’ll be cross-posting the content of those emails to the website in case they get buried or lost in your inbox. Read on for info on upcoming design contest, fish related events happening in the area, and available jobs!


Merch Design: We are extending the deadline for submitting merch designs for our student association to  Dec 19th! Take time after finals with some art therapy and give us your best ideas! Even if you are like me and don’t consider yourself much of an artist, send us what you got and if chosen we can clean it up in post! 

Please send us an email with your design (any format is fine but pdf is preferred!) and we will add it to our options. We will then send out a poll to vote on which merchandise we should buy and which design the group likes best. The winner of the design contest will get a free merch item of their choice!


Coho Spawning: viewing in Lagunitas this weekend! Check it out!



Aquatic Technician in Beautiful State Parks

The National Park Service is seeking several full-time, temporary aquatic technicians for the 2023 summer field season in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). There will be two separate announcements for these positions. One announcement will be for GS-04 ($15.47/hr), and GS-05 ($17.31/hr) positions; and the other will be for GS-06 ($19.29/hr), and GS-07 ($21.44/hr) positions.  

The GS-04 and GS-05 positions will be stationed at Kings Canyon National Park with projected start dates of early- to mid-June. The GS-06 and/or GS-07 positions will be stationed at Sequoia National Park with projected start dates of late-April to late-May. The overarching duties are to restore high elevation lake and stream ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to benefit native species, including endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa and Rana sierrae).  

GS-04 level: Duties are removing nonnative fish from lakes using gill nets and from streams using backpack electrofishers; setting, cleaning and repairing gill nets; conducting visual encounter surveys for fish, amphibians, and reptiles; collecting field data; following detailed protocols; recording environmental parameters; using topographic maps, compass, and/or global positioning systems (GPS) for navigation; providing an overview of the project to park visitors, and occasional assistance with research projects. 

GS-05 level: Additionally, interacting with the public regarding sensitive amphibian, reptile, or fisheries management issues; discussing scientific information with peers and public; and training other technicians, interns, volunteers, and field observers. 

GS-06 level: Additionally, as an assistant crew lead, managing logistics in preparation for summer fieldwork; providing orientation, training and mentoring for summer field crews; overseeing and conducting summer field operations; manipulating aquatic datasets; providing logistic and field support to scientific research studies; conducting electronic entry, quality assurance/quality control and summary reporting of field data, and organizing and maintaining field equipment and supplies. 

GS-07 level: Additionally, as assistant crew lead, compiling drafts of Sierra Nevada aquatic wildlife information for data collection spreadsheets, reports, and correspondence; recording, managing, summarizing, and representing data collected from aquatic wildlife projects using computer programs; and presenting scientific and aquatic wildlife data effectively using charts, graphs, and maps. 

At all grade levels: Technicians working on projects located in the wilderness must have strong backpacking and wilderness camping skills, the ability to hike safely across challenging on- and off-trail terrain, and be comfortable in remote wilderness setting with limited human contact. Technicians must have experience in conducting amphibian, reptile, fisheries, or other wildlife surveys, and a strong commitment to conducting ecological restoration. Technicians must be able to work well in a small crew, be detail oriented, and able to work in cold or hot, wet, windy, buggy, and stormy conditions. 

Interested applicants must apply through the USAJOBS website at the following job announcement numbers: 

PWR-1548-SR-23-11693220-DE for the GS-04 and GS-05 positions: 


PWR-1548-SR-23-11694457-DE for the GS-06 and GS-07 positions:   


Both announcements open on December 2, 2022 and will close on the day when application caps have been reached. To receive consideration, complete application packages should be submitted expediently. If a cap is not reached, that announcement will close at 11:59 PM (EST) on December 12, 2022.  

Please feel free to share these announcements widely. For additional information about the positions, please contact the SEKI Aquatic Ecosystems program by e-mailing Laura Van Vranken at laura_van_vranken@nps.gov and/or Kristie Stein at kristie_stein@nps.gov.

Bay-Delta Stockton looking for 2 field techs

Love fishing? Love being on the water? Do you want to help California’s native species? Consider this fun and dynamic opportunity to work aboard boats in the San Francisco Estuary while learning about California’s highly diverse Bay Delta Region! Come join our large team of boat operators and scientists.

This position primarily works aboard vessels to collect biological samples for monitoring surveys in the San Francisco Estuary. Enjoy working in all types of California weather to deploy and retrieve various types of fishing gear. Assist with driving boats and maintaining the fleet to keep our trawling underway! When not in the field, you’ll help maintaining the fleet of 10+ vessels, including engine maintenance, mechanical fixes, welding, net mending, and general shop fabrication.

$3,660.00 – $4,755.00 per Month


Repass-Rodgers Fellowship in California Salmon Restoration Policy 
The Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California Santa Cruz is seeking applications from the next leaders in coastal science and sustainability and we’re excited to announce eight fellowships for the upcoming cohort! 
Please help spread the word about these exciting opportunities! The application deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time
The Repass-Rodgers Fellowship in California Salmon Restoration Policy will support one student for two years to work on advancing policy change to restore salmon populations in the California Central Valley and Sacramento Delta. Our ideal Repass-Rodgers Fellow shows leadership promise, passion about restoring native salmon populations, commitment to science informing policy, strong capacity to collaborate with diverse partners and is an effective communicator (including with social media). This highly competitive fellowship covers two academic years of in-state tuition, student fees (including health insurance), a living stipend (including academic year and modest summer support) and some travel and supplies.
In addition, with support of the new Center for Coastal Climate Resilience at UC Santa Cruz, we will award up to five two-year Coastal Climate Resilience Fellowships that provide support towards tuition, fees, stipend (academic year and summer between the first and second year), and professional development. Fellowships will support students addressing practical solutions for coastal climate resilience and may weave topics of environmental justice, climate risk, mitigation and adaptation including nature-based solutions, biodiversity conservation, food systems resilience, and more.
Finally, with the generous support of the Schmidt Marine, we will offer two one year Innovation Fellowships for incoming Coastal Science and Policy MS students. Each fellowship will provide support towards tuition, fees, and stipend.
The Coastal Science and Policy graduate program (CSP) trains inspiring emerging leaders on practical solutions to today’s social-environmental challenges and we recruit early career leaders in sustainability from across the globe, give them hands-on training, strengthen their networks, and help them redeploy where they are needed most. Because of this approach, our alumni are already seeding the global coastal sustainability field with innovative, entrepreneurial, and diverse leaders who design, test, and implement scalable solutions.

Interdisciplinary & Solutions-focused
The MS program is unique because it combines a first year of interdisciplinary courses, seminars and workshops with a second year focused on implementing a full-time collaboration with a practitioner partner, in a real-world setting, that aims to solve one of today’s most wicked social-environmental problems. 
Hear past capstone presentations here »
We encourage both U.S. and international students to apply, as well as students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 
Questions? Contact csp@ucsc.edu

Learn More About Applying to the Program Here