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


Indonesia: Diving in the Bali Sea

“Your dives will be 1.6 million rupiah” the secretary at Gecko Dive Center doesn’t bat an eyelash as she rattles off this jarring number.

The mere suggestion of a million of anything is enough to make my stomach drop.  That’s insane!  ONE MILLION?!

Of course, 1 USD is equivalent to about 14,000 IDR so in fact the prices were quite reasonable.  We double checked the conversions and shelled out the rupiah to dive in the Bali sea off of Penida island between Bali and Lombok.  And it was worth. Every. Last. Rupiah…


We met our dive guide Maid (pronounced: Maddy) at 8am and enjoyed the island time as we slowly got our gear together and headed out for the day.  When we took off I found the ride rather rough, but Maid assured me that it was a nice day and the ride wasn’t bad at all!

When we neared Penida island we approached a few other boats that were casually smoking cigarettes as they guarded a capsized boat with it’s props in the air.  None of the Indonesians on our boat really give it much thought, we later asked Maid about the boat and we had to remind him.

‘You know, that boat we saw this morning that was flipped over?’

He says with a big ole smile, with no signs of concern in his voice, that it must have capsized this morning.  Dani and I just shrugged it off and checked out our dive gear.


We arrived at our dive site, Manta Point.  The dive site was below a sharp cliff, and the water was choppy as it bounced off the land and back towards the dozens of boats floating in the area.  Manta Point is a cleaning station for reef manta rays of the Bali Sea.  Manta rays are a migratory species so while some can get up to 5.5 meters (18 feet) in width, and up to 1.4 tons (2,800 pounds) (, they can be hard to spot unless you know which reefs they visit.

The manta rays come to Manta Point to be cleaned by the reef fish.  They glide over the reef, and the fish come out of the crevices and rocks to pick parasites off of the manta’s body.  This is a symbiotic relationship because both the manta ray and the reef fish benefit.  The manta rays get rid of potentially harmful parasites, while the reef fish get a meal delivered to their doorstep for free!  This makes manta point a hot spot for diving, which was clear by the number of boats bobbing up and down in the water.


We jumped in the water and hung out near a small seamount, where the reef fish sat waiting for their daily doorstop service.  We could feel the swells of the ocean’s surface up above as we bobbed up and down in the water column.  We also sat eagerly awaiting, for a second I wondered if this is how the reef fish felt.

Suddenly a manta appeared from behind the seamount!  It sailed over the divers with such ease.  As I followed the one with my eyes, I turned back to the start to find one swimming directly at me.  With thoughtless effort the ray rose just above me, just missing the top of my head.  Manta rays flap their triangular pectoral ‘wings’ to propel themselves forward, and they have little mouthparts that protrude forward, called cephalic lobes.  They appear to fly through the water column flapping their wings lazily and drift to the deep like a bird that has caught a steady updraft.  They’re playful animals and as they approach one another they seem to dance around.  Two smaller mantas encircle a larger one like children running at an adult’s feet.  As they swam around they playfully tossed their cephalic lobes back and forth as if to simply entertain themselves, like an elephant playing with it’s trunk.  Unlike other animals commonly spotted during a dive, their presence lost no novelty as the minutes ticked by.


We swam along the reef and spotted several smaller rays on the reef as well.  These rays however move by undulating their pectoral fins.  In other words, the mantas look like they’re flying underwater, while these smaller rays look like the edges of their body are creating waves that circulate around their entire body.  When we surfaced we were absolutely ecstatic unable to even count how many manta rays we saw.

When we returned to land we were coaxed into doing a night dive at Blue Lagoon.

Night dives can be a little eerie.  As you sink below the surface of the water, the reef that was seemingly playful during the day, is run by entirely different group at night.  Swimming through the dark, you begin to realize what a scary place the ocean can be at night.  You see the fish from the day hidden in the crevices of the rocks and corals.  In the back of your mind you wonder…should I be hiding from what they’re hiding from?!


During the day, I like to turn away from the reef and look out into the ocean.  It’s a deep blue color and looks like it goes on forever.  At night it’s black, even with an almost full moon, the sea remains black.  During a night dive you have a torch, and while flashlights on land can light up an entire area, underwater torches only light up one spot.  The lamp creates a well-defined circle in the sand, and the edges of the light are met by immediate darkness.  I shine my light out into the sea beyond the reef, into the blackness, to see what I can see.  Thousands of little organisms’ eyes reflect off of the light and they scatter as I follow them with the lamp.  I turn my back to the darkness and avoid thinking about the large predators out there somewhere hidden in the darkness of the ocean at night.  I direct my light back to the reef, and see a whole new community of organisms, wide awake.


While many fish are asleep, the draw of a night dive is that you see an entirely new group of marine organisms that hide during the day.  My favorite creatures we saw on this dive were the small cuttlefish.  Cuttlefish are a type of cephalopod.  This means they’re related to octopus.  Cuttlefish have chromatophores in their skin that allow them to change colors.  They use this ability for camouflage during the day.  One can swim completely by a well-disguised cuttlefish that looks like just another rock.   At night, they use this ability to lure their prey close.  The flashes of black and white run down the length of it’s body and it’s tentacles pulse the colors as well.  Once it’s prey wanders close enough to it’s beak, it snatches it’s prey out of the water with all of it’s tentacles like a lizard’s tongue! Luckily they can’t hunt humans because I was completely mesmerized by the cuttlefish and followed them for much of the dive.  Other active predators during a night dive include sharks and octopus.


As we swam along we came across a small coral catshark that darted in and out of rocks and corals looking for dinner.  We also saw a whitetip reef shark swiftly swimming close to the reef trying to spot an easy catch.  There were a few other species we still haven’t been able to identify!


We came up to the surface absolutely thrilled once again, and I decided it was the best day of diving I had ever done.  Little did I know that in a few days time we would get luck enough to hop on a day trip to Sipadan island in Malaysian Borneo, a spot that has been recognized as THE best dive site in the world….but more on that later! 😉

P.S. check out the videos on my Facebook post, they completely surpass the photos! (WordPress won’t allow me to share videos without a premium account)