Note to Prospective Students

I work closely with many Master’s students every year through the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) degree program at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. I regularly advise on the development of Group Projects, and supervise student project teams. Due to the collaborative nature of the program, however, students are not admitted under the recommendation of an individual faculty member. Please refer to the MESM Program pages to apply directly to the Bren School.

I accept doctoral students through the Economics or Environmental Science and Management programs at UCSB.  I encourage potential students to contact me well in advance of the annual application deadline. Please include a short statement of your background and research interests with your first email. I am very busy, so if you don’t receive a response within two weeks, feel free to reach out again. I usually take one new student per year, and I require all students to apply to the Economics & Environmental Science track in their first year.  Be aware that this is a very demanding program with a high coursework requirement, and successful students often bring extensive, advanced quantitative skills from their undergraduate or graduate career.

I welcome early-career researchers with competed doctorates, or advanced PhD candidates considering a term as a Visiting Scholar, to contact me directly. Please provide a current CV; clearly state your U.S. Citizenship or Visa status; and indicate how much funding you can provide to support your work at UCSB, and from what source (if any). UCSB strongly encourages outstanding international scholars to join our vibrant academic community, and offers support throughout the process of securing a J-1 Visa as well as resources to assist you in finding local housing. Funding may be available to exceptionally skilled researchers who are interested in working with the Sustainable Fisheries Group during their tenure here, but you should educate yourself about the extraordinarily high cost of living in the Santa Barbara region before considering a post-doctoral appointment at UCSB.