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 draw on the expertise of faculty at UBC, other affiliated universities, and private and public sectors. The OCF offers either a 12 credit thesis or 18 credit thesis M.Sc. degree, and a Ph.D. degree.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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