Prospective Students

One of my main commitments as a UCSB Professor is promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences, and in particular the not-so diverse field of fisheries and aquaculture. So please consider applying for a position in my lab if you are a first-generation college student, a student from a low-income background, a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, if you identify as a woman or as LGBTQ+, and/or if you have a disability. UCSB is a wonderful university and would be stronger with you in it. You might also find this article, "Demystifying the Graduate School Application Process," helpful!

Also see the lab Code of Conduct.

Graduate Students

I currently do not have funds to support additional graduate students (MS or PhD) at this time (2024-2025). Please check back next year.

Not to scare you, but graduate school is not for the faint of heart. If my lab seems intriguing, before reaching out to me, please give some serious thought about why you want to go to grad school and what about my lab specifically speaks to you. Coming straight out of undergrad, it is pretty rare to have a clear idea about the why and what without some experience behind your belt. Experience can be working as a technician or other shorter-term research jobs during and after undergrad, for example. Graduate school is not something you should do on a whim or because someone told you to go.

Now, if you’re thinking, geez Dr. Froehlich, of course I’ve thought about this and grad school is for me! Then my next response is, prove it. Check out our research and recent publications to get a good, solid idea about the type of science that happens in the Froehlich Lab. I consider myself an interdisciplinary scientist, so while my students will broadly be working on aquaculture and fisheries research, I encourage out of the box thinking and interest in new collaborations. With that, please send me a brief email ( telling me about (i) your research interests and experience, (ii) copy of your CV, and (iii) a one to two-page (1.5 spacing) draft proposal of something you might like to work on in my lab. The mock proposal will help me really get a good sense of your interests, alignment with my research, and your writing style. Good writing is the unsung hero of the sciences.

All prospective students should plan on applying for graduate fellowships to pay for tuition and salary. Unless I have funding for a current project that aligns with your research interest and has student-funded support (which is not a guarantee – funding is tricky that way), these fellowships are critical so you don’t have to TA every quarter. Check out some of the options under Graduate Funding featured on this page.


I will advertise all postdoc positions here and on other platforms (Twitter, EcoLog, etc.). If no positions are currently available, please follow up if you would like to discuss the possibility of co-developing a proposal on US or global aquaculture, fisheries, and climate change.

Undergraduate Researchers

Wet lab is not up-and-running quite yet, so no opportunities at this time.

If you’re interested in getting experience in aquaculture and fisheries research, please feel free to contact me ( to see if we have any opportunities available, especially if you have taken one of my courses: EEMB142C Marine Conservation, Resource Management, & Food Production (Spring quarter) and ES130C Aquatic Foods and Resource Management (Winter quarter).


Halley Froehlich
Assistant Professor


Undergrad Funding/Jobs