8 Tips to Ask a Professor to Be Your Mentor

"Interacting with your professors can be one of the most rewarding parts of your experience as an undergraduate student. Many students benefit greatly from having a professor who serves as a mentor — that is, someone in your area of interest who guides, advises, and supports you to help advance your education and career." 

Research Rockstars

Students from 2021's BIS 124 (Coastal Marine Research) class won first and third prize, plus two honorable mentions, in the 2022 Research Rockstars Undergrad Slam Video Contest. Congratulations to Su Chung and Yessica Gonzalez for winning first prize, Michaela Lai and Nicole Cox for winning third prize, and Tena Dhayalan, Adri Penix, Jacquie Rajerison, and May Schulz for their honorable mentions.

Watch the winning videos

Announcing the ten recipients of the UC Davis Bilinski Fellowship at Bodega Marine Laboratory for 2022-23

The Coastal and Marine Science Institute is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the UC Davis Bilinski fellowship at Bodega Marine Laboratory for 2022-2023. Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski’s life goal was to be “independent and challenged intellectually.” They strongly valued self-sufficiency, a sense of ambition, and above all, responsibility.

Announcing Dr. Alyssa Griffin's appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alyssa Griffin will start a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis on July 1, 2022!

We welcome Dr. Griffin’s continued collaboration with the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute as she transitions from being a Postdoctoral Fellow to an Assistant Professor, and hope that you will join us in congratulating Dr. Griffin and welcoming her to this new role.

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Bodega Marine Laboratory Graduate Student Priya Shukla Wins UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship

Stress can test our limits to the utmost and, sometimes, it can push us to become more resilient than ever before. From the Bodega Marine Laboratory to the oyster flats of Tomales Bay, exploring how stress builds resilience has been at the heart of Priya Shukla’s research for the last several years. She is compiling a doctoral dissertation focused on how we might teach some species to tolerate warmer waters and in essence, “climate-proof” them against shifting temperatures.

Inaugural Cohort of Public Scholarship Graduate Fellows Announced

Public Scholarship and Engagement is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of UC Davis graduate students who were accepted into the competitive Public Scholars for the Future fellowship. This program, which launched in spring 2022 in partnership with UC Davis Graduate Studies, is designed to support doctoral students in developing community-engaged research with non-university partners.

CMSI Affiliates Hollis Jones (Ecology), Andrea Odell (Ecology), and Meghan Zulian (Earth and Planetary Sciences) are among the 11 doctoral candidates chosen.

World Seagrass Day Book Giveaway

Join us in a celebration of World Seagrass Day 2022 by entering an original photo of seagrass OR by sharing your favorite seagrass fact in your own words using the entry form below. Winners will receive a copy of Suzie and the Eelgrass Geese autographed by the author. The book was written by Bodega Marine Laboratory alumna Dr. Nicole Kollars, edited by Carolyn Sotka, and beautifully illustrated by Allison Simler-Williamson. You can learn more about it here.

ESA Selects 2022 Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) announced the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) 2022 cohort, which includes two UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute affiliates, Jessica Griffin and Sophie Zhu. This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in a virtual Congressional Visits Day.

Undergraduate Student Researchers Unveil Science Communication Videos

Students in BIS 124 (Coastal Marine Research) completed 2021 Summer Sessions at the Bodega Marine Laboratory by compiling the research they conducted during the course into these engaging and innovative 3-minute videos for a general audience. Join them as they meet urchins, crabs, snails, and bat stars in videos that integrate their training in research and science communication.

Feeling a Little Crabby

Sujung Chung and Yessica Gonzalez Cortes

Welcoming our new BML Academic Administrator, Dr. Elise Fairbairn

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ellie Fairbairn has accepted the position of Academic Administrator at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML). In this role, Dr. Fairbairn will oversee select undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as our public outreach and engagement efforts at BML. The education and outreach programs of Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Marine Reserve, and the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute all synergistically represent the many facets of marine science education at UC Davis.