Santoro research group at Ellwood Cliffs.

Join The Lab

Our lab is always looking for creative, hard-working minds to join our group. We are committed to fostering a diverse, supportive environment for research and education. Please review our lab member expectations to find out more about our lab culture.

Graduate Studies

Note: I am not taking graduate students for the December 2023 admissions date.

I accept students interested in pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. level graduate work in marine microbial ecology. Students in the lab will have an opportunity to work on both field and laboratory projects using the latest techniques in molecular biology, genomics, and stable isotope geochemistry. I am able to accept students through either the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) program or the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS). Interested students should contact me to inquire about current funding availability, and should actively pursue independent funding sources (see links at right to get started). A common mistake prospective students make is to apply to a graduate program blindly without contacting a faculty member directly, expecting their application to find its way to interested advisors. Don't make that mistake! Please include your CV and a short description of your research interests as they relate to the lab when you email me.

Postdoctoral Research

Current graduate students interested in pursuing postdoctoral work in the lab are encouraged to contact me as early as possible in the planning process to discuss potential funding opportunities, and to explore the funding sources listed below.

Undergraduate Research

Research projects during the school year are facilitated through UCSB FRAP; see listings under EEMB and the Marine Science Institute. Summer undergraduate research opportunities are occasionally available. Please contact Alyson via email to discuss opportunities.

In your email, please provide a course history, a resume/CV, and a brief statement of your interests. Undergraduates interested in working in the lab should take, or plan to take in the near future, either EEMB144 or EEMB150A.

 Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for research and education. All lab members must be willing to educate themselves about what this means in the context of their scientific and professional careers.