Graduate students | Undergraduate researchers | Postdocs

Prospective Graduate Students

I supervise students at the UMassD School for Marine Science and Technology pursuing graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) through the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science Program (IMS).

Students in my lab should expect their research to be highly quantitative, and have a focus on understanding/improving the scientific advice for living marine resource management, but there is flexibility for applying a diversity of methods to a broad scope of research questions. Excellent written and oral communication abilities are required. Useful quantitative skills include mathematics, statistics, and computer programming. Opportunities exist (and are encouraged) for active collaborations with scientists and managers at local federal and state agencies and other regional partner institutions (e.g., NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region – CINAR).

Read about our lab culture & philosophy and draft Lab Code of Conduct.

Interested applicants who fit the prerequisites to apply for the graduate program at IMS should review the SMAST Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement, and send me an email (gfay@umassd.edu) containing a cover letter describing your motivation and research interests and (ideally as a single pdf) current CV, university transcripts (unofficial more than OK), GRE scores (if you have taken them), and contact information for at least three references. Please also include a technical writing sample – this could be a publication, a research proposal, a term paper, or some other piece that you are particularly proud of. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly and encouraged to submit a full application to the IMS graduate program. However, it is not possible for me to make any promises until I know the status of research grants and until I see all of the incoming graduate applications.

Note that currently the IMS program and UMassD have waived the GRE application requirement due to COVID-19. I hope this change will persist.

I encourage students to apply for external funding through graduate scholarships. Some relevant ones include the Sea Grant Graduate Fellowships, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and NOAA Nancy Foster scholarships, though there are many other opportunities.

Complete information about graduate admissions to SMAST and IMS can be obtained from the following websites: School for Marine Science and Technology, and University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science Program (IMS).

Undergraduate Researchers

Paid undergraduate research technician opportunities in the lab, most often in marine data science and scientific communication, will be listed here when available and through CORSAIR JOBS.

[Note on volunteering: we occasionally receive emails asking about volunteer opportunities within our group. I believe that everyone should be paid for their work and that unpaid positions help reinforce barriers to inclusive participation in science. If you are interested in our work I encourage you to please reach out about the availability of paid opportunities or graduate assistantships but know I will not provide volunteer positions.]

Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdocs are a valuable part of our research and learning team. Please contact me if our research interests align and you are interested in collaborating on a research proposal together.

Current open postdoc position in multispecies fisheries assessment modeling, working with Dr. Sarah Gaichas & Dr. Kiersten Curti at the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center.