Prospective Students

Trained and supervised by leading experts, our M.Sc. and Ph.D. students develop and conduct independent research projects investigating a wide range of problems related to fisheries, freshwater systems, and the health of our oceans.

These include determining the effects of climate change, the assessment and management of artisanal and commercial food capture fisheries, recreational fisheries, coastal and watershed management, aquaculture biology and engineering, conflict resolution and the co-management of shared fishery resources, and the conservation of endangered exploited species in marine and freshwater environments.

Students in the Oceans and Fisheries graduate program (OCF) formulate and follow academic programs that are specific to their individual educational goals and that can draw on the expertise of faculty at UBC and other affiliated universities, and also the private and public sectors. To enable this, OCF offers either a 12 credit thesis or 18 credit thesis M.Sc. degree, and a Ph.D. degree. Graduate student supervisors are chosen from the IOF, and other units and departments within the faculties of Science, Forestry, Arts, and Land and Food Systems.


Learn More About Our Students

Ana Pozas

Research topic: Investigating the diet quality of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) in the Gulf of California, Mexico and Southern California, USA
Supervisor(s): David Rosen

People call sea lions the dogs of the sea: dogs are something familiar that most people love and are interested in, which can carry through to sea lions. That always reminds me that the ocean is not such a scary place and that there’s still so much to learn.


Natalie Benoit

Research topic: Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor outmigrating juvenile Pacific salmon
Supervisor(s): Brian Hunt

Pacific salmon are ecologically and physiologically fascinating to me. I think they are the most interesting species due to their ecological, cultural, and economic importance. However, I may be biased


Meaghan Efford

Research topic: Ecological modelling and archaeological investigations into pre-contact (AD 1792) Tsleil-Waututh diets in Burrard Inlet
Supervisor(s): Villy Christensen

The people, the students themselves, have incredibly diverse backgrounds. Not everyone has the same master’s, or undergrad or life journey. The graduate students each bring their own background, skills, and interests, and this is what makes IOF special.


Samantha Ramirez

Research topic: Modelling the spatial and temporal risk of hypoxia in Salish sucker and Coho salmon streams in the lower Fraser Valley
Supervisor(s): Jordan Rosenfeld

I’m creating a model that will predict the hypoxic conditions of freshwater streams years from now. I will give that information to governmental organizations, so they know where to focus their conservation efforts.


Vanessa Fladmark

Research topic: Pink and chum salmon stomach contents in BC
Supervisor(s): Evgeny Pakhomov, Brian Hunt

Meet student Vanessa Fladmark, a Masters student, oceans outreach enthusiast and professional salmon stomach detective from Haida Gwaii.



Zachary Sherker

Research topic: Great blue heron predation and mortality of juvenile Chinook and Coho salmon
Supervisor(s): Andrew Trites

Zachary is researching Pacific great blue herons in B.C., which prey on young salmon smolts migrating out of rivers, potentially limiting the amount of adult salmon available for killer whales in the ocean.


Jessica Schaub

Research topic: Jellyfish diet
Supervisor(s): Brian Hunt

I really enjoy the hands-on approach and the opportunity to apply all of my learning to scientific advancement. I now strive to spend my career contributing to scientific research, so a graduate degree was the obvious next step in my career path.


Sara Cannon

Research topic: Coral reefs, climate change, and resilience in the central Pacific
Supervisor(s): Simon Donner

I spent about eight years working for private industry and non-governmental organizations before deciding it was time to go to university, so I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a marine biologist. I went straight from my undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Cruz to my Master of Science here at UBC, and now to my Ph.D. program.


Nicolás Ernesto Talloni Alvarez

Research topic: How fisheries sustainability has been influenced by different governance settings
Supervisor(s): Tony Pitcher

I envision my work as a consultant dealing with communication issues and conflict resolutions in managing and protecting natural resources at different scales, local, national and international.



Florian Lüskow

Research topic: Trophodynamics of planktonic communities in coastal British Columbian waters, with focus on gelatinous zooplankton
Supervisor(s): Evgeny Pakhomov

I decided to come to UBC and work in the group of Prof. Evgeny Pakhomov to continue my studies on gelatinous zooplankton (GZ) and their functional links in coastal food webs. Fascinated by this topic since a talk by my former supervisor at my alma mater in 2011, I persistently tried to get more and more involved in this still young research field in marine biology.