Work with us

Alyssa Gao (Left) and Cameron Grimes (Right), two Women in Science Program scholar, proudly present their results from testing anti-nutrients in microalgae.

Undergraduate students: We love working with students who are passionate about sustainable aquaculture and serious about the time commitment needed to have a meaningful research experience  on our team. We have hosted many successful interns, students, and volunteers and we celebrate and support diversity and inclusivity in our work. We also welcome inquiries from students involved in the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program and CAMINO. We value finding a good fit for students on our team so that we can support students and interns to the best of our ability. Our lab team has included students who have successfully applied to and been awarded undergraduate research grants from a variety of sources. We encourage students to apply to additional funding sources and can possibly assist with proposals. But we don’t require you to have funding in hand to work with us.

If you know you’d like to work with us  We review inquiries on a rolling basis.

Dr. Takayuki, a visiting scholar from Japan and international student Antonio Vitor Souza, work to develop an in-vitro method to test protein digestibility.

Graduate students: For prospective students interested in an Environmental Studies PhD degree, you may inquire with Dr. Kapuscinski (who can serve as major advisor) and/or with Dr. Sarker (who can serve as a co-advisor). When you send Anne or Pallab an email inquiry, please draft one concise paragraph describing your research interests and career goals. Please also include a current CV, and the time zone from which you are reaching out.

If you seek a Masters degree from the Coastal Science and Policy program at UCSC please follow these application guidelines and feel free to also contact Professor Kapuscinski ( If you are interested in declaring a Coastal Science and Policy  PhD Designated Emphasis (akin to a PhD minor) advised by Dr. Kapuscinski, first contact the program ( to learn about this option and the process for declaring a CSP designated emphasis; and then contact Anne ( to discuss your interests in working with her.

Post-Docs and Sabbatical Leave Scholars

We also welcome inquiries from prospective post-doctoral researchers and sabbatical leave scholars, especially if you’re interested in solutions-driven and use-inspired scientific research. We are interested in scholars who can contribute new expertise to our team or who wish to develop skills in interdisciplinary work or in one of our specific areas expertise. Normally, you will need to bring your own funding or collaborate far in advance with us to seek external grants. We will announce funded opportunities here when they exist.