The Eliason lab is committed to maintaining an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment for all lab members. We condemn the institutional racism that exists in academia. We acknowledge and work to correct discriminatory biases within ourselves and aim to dismantle systemic barriers to equity in STEM. We encourage individuals across all ethnic, racial, religious, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic, caregiver and family commitment, political affiliation, age, and disability identities to join our team. Together, through our diverse perspectives and experiences, we can creatively tackle complex environmental problems.

We seek lab mates who are creative, hard-working, curious, resilient, intelligent, self-motivated, mature, reliable, team-players, and eager to learn. Work-life balance is very important to us! Current Eliason lab members include a triathlete, seven devoted dog parents, the Latvian CrossFit champion, a reality tv connoisseur, a sourdough starter enthusiast, a talented artist/surfer, two former varsity volleyball players, two current ultimate players, an aspiring ukulelist, and a mom of two active little boys.

Postdoctoral Fellows

I am always happy to hear from prospective postdoctoral fellows. I do not currently have any funded postdoctoral positions available, but can help potential applicants craft fellowship applications if our interests align.

Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students should contact me directly with 1) your cv, 2) an overview of your research interests, 3) why you are specifically interested in joining the Eliason lab group. Please note that graduate students must have some prior research experience (e.g. undergraduate research project, honors thesis, research technician) prior to joining the lab. Students applying to join the Eliason lab may apply to either Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) or the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS). I encourage students to check out the links to learn more about the two options. Applications are due on December 1st.

Undergraduate Students

Typically, undergraduate students work under the supervision of a research technician, graduate student or postdoc. Undergraduate students must be able to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week when they first join the lab. Please email Professor Eliason directly to inquire if there are any opportunities available. In your email, indicate 1) your major, 2) your year, 3) your availability (i.e., how many hours per week; which days; prefer daytime, evenings, and/or weekends?), 4) why you are interested in specifically joining the Eliason lab. A cv and unofficial transcripts are helpful but not necessary. Previous lab experience is NOT necessary to join our group as an undergraduate student. We welcome all levels (freshman to senior, transfer students, post-baccs)! Students who identify with underrepresented groups within STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

During the academic year, undergraduate students can earn academic credit for research (e.g., EEMB 197 Directed Studies, EEMB 199 Independent Studies; 1 unit = 5 h per week). Paid research opportunities are available in the summer months as funds allow.


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Postdoctoral Funding

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology
Life Science Research Foundation
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Schmidt Science Fellows
L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship Program
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Human Frontier Science Program
Smith Fellow
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (for Canadian citizens or permanent residents)
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Funding (for EU citizens)

Graduate Student Funding

NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship
NOAA Dr Nancy Foster Scholarship Program in Ocean Sciences
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Graduate Student Travel Funding

UCSB Doctoral Student Travel Grants
Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships
Fulbright US Student Program

Undergraduate Funding

These are small grants (typically $300-$1000) to support undergraduate research throughout the year at UCSB.
UCSB Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)
UCSB Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Grant
UCSB Transfer Student Research Award (TSRA)
UCSB Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund for first generation students
Coastal Fund
Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Stipend Support

These are more substantial funding opportunities to support immersive research experiences at UCSB.
UCSB CCS Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
UC Leads Program
McNair Scholars Program
Gorman Research Scholar Program
MARC USTAR Scholars Program