Resources, Resources, Resources

This is a list of resources I’ve found over the years searching for jobs, funding, and graduate positions. I also added a science Twitter section (such a great place to find opportunities!) if you want to start a science Twitter but are unsure of where to start.

This is a living document so please send me resources you believe I should add, and let me know if you come across any dead links: Contact me

General (Grad School, Science, Job Hunting, etc.):

Academic Influence: 

  • Information on stipends and graduate life per University


  • Nerdy social networking site. Find researchers you’re interested in and follow their work. Get notifications when they publish new things. Send messages etc. 

Semantic Scholar:

  • AI-powered research tool that generates reading recommendations based on your interests and what you save in your library.

Pathways to Science:

  • Job boards with funding opportunities, webinars on applying to graduate school, etc. 


  • News-style articles about new and exciting scientific discoveries

Science Twitter: 

NOAA Sea Grant: @SeaGrant

  • Great place to start! 

MD SeaGrant: @MDSeaGrant

  • Self-explanatory

Marine Graduate Opportunities: @mar_opps

  • This account retweets anything tagged #maropps great way to see a wide range of opportunities 

Daily R Cheatsheets: @daily_r_sheets

  • Fun and helpful

MEES Graduate Student Organization: @meesgso

  • UMD group that posts updates but also job and fellowship opportunities related to Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science

Dr. Zofia Beck Anchondo: @zofiology 

  • This woman does a lot of science art that she sells. 

CERF Science: @CERFScience 

  • Coastal Estuarine Research Federation


  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Freshwater Science: @BenthosNews

  • Society for Freshwater Science 

Duke Marine Lab UAS: @MarineUAS

  • Marine robotics and remote sensing lab 

CBL Outreach: @CBLOutreach

  • Chesapeake Biological Lab 

Matt Gray: @MattWGray

  • Matt is very active on Twitter and retweets a lot of oyster-focused opportunities 

Dr David Shiffman: @WhySharksMatter

  • David is a very entertaining science Twitter staple in my opinion! He’s a research scientist, science communicator, and environmental consultant. 

Nature: @Nature

  • Research news and commentary from the journal Nature 

National Geographic: @NatGeo

  • Self-explanatory

Science News: @ScienceNews

  • Latest news in all fields of science

Tip for getting started: Whenever I want to find more accounts to follow I find an account I really like and look at who is following them and who they’re following. Sends you down a fun science Twitter rabbit hole 


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Science:

AAUW Grants and Scholarships:


Coral List:

  • Pretty active listserv where people chat about and share opportunities about research on corals 


  • VERY active listserv, I probably get at least 10 emails a day from the ECOLOG with everything from job/school opportunities, upcoming conferences, and online courses to research surveys, and general questions. (you can mess with the settings so you don’t get so many emails on the daily) 

Job Boards: Some of these boards might also have grad opportunities 

NOAA Student Opportunities:

American Geophysical Union Job Board:

Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Job Board:

Diversity in Research:

Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry:

Texas A&M Natural Resources Jobs Board:

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology:

Schmidt Marine Job Board:

Ocean Opportunities:

International Union for the Conservation of Nature:

Marine Advanced Technology Education Center:

American Fisheries Society Job Board:

World Aquaculture Society Job Board:

University of British Columbia Job Board:

Wise Oceans Job Board:

Google Sheets: 

PIs recruiting students for Fall 2023 2022-23

Early Career Funding, Awards, and Other Funding

Lists of resources: 

Science’s Careers section:

Academic Jobs Wiki:

Aerin Jacob’s lab Funding page:–awards.html

John Bruno’s prospective student’s page:

The Baskett Lab funding page:

Early Career Researchers Central:

Marine Conservation Institute:

Eckerd College LibGuide on Funding Scholarships and Grants:

SevenSeas Media:

  • Highly recommend their newsletter! Biweekly (I believe) email that includes upcoming ocean science webinars, funding opportunities and a very well maintained job board


My Current Research: Detecting River Herring Using the Water they Swim through

Research Focus (ABT):

River herring are an important migratory species that travel in and out of coastal bays and their associated rivers at different stages in their life cycle. These fish were once so abundant they would migrate inland up and down the coast of North America in billions. This massive migration was an important resource to humans tracing back thousands of years, additionally, these fish also provide numerous ecosystem services to riparian, estuarine, and ocean environments.

However, overfishing, habitat loss, and declining water quality have caused severe reductions in their populations to the point where they are no longer able to support large-scale fishing efforts. As an anadromous species, population monitoring is recommended on a per river basis but continuous monitoring of every river where these fish occur is unrealistic for management agencies with limited resources.

Therefore we employ a quicker, cheaper, and less labor-intensive methodology based on the premise that fish shed DNA in the form of scales, feces, and mucus into their environment, and that we can measure this environmental DNA (eDNA) in the water using highly sensitive molecular tools. Using a local population of river herring, we measured the amount of river herring eDNA present in water samples on a daily basis throughout the 2021 river herring spawning run. We compared our eDNA results to fish count data taken during the same season to evaluate the effectiveness of eDNA monitoring tools on river herring populations.