PISCO students are:

Students directly affiliated with a PISCO Principal Investigator whose research reflects the consortium’s research goals and activities.

Course Requirements for a PISCO student

There are no course requirements for a PISCO Students, however there are several courses taught by PISCO Principal Investigators that may be beneficial to PISCO students. Please discuss the advantages of these courses with your advisor and the course professor.

Oregon State University:


Course Code:          OC 533 
Course Title:            Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography 
Circulation of the coastal ocean including continental shelf circulation, upwelling, coastal jets, undercurrents, coastal-trapped waves. Fundamentals of surface waves and tides; tsunamis, wind generation, breaking waves. Estuary classification and circulation patterns; shallow-water processes and beach morphology.  (3 credits). 
Course Lead:           Dr. Jack Barth 
Offered:                     Annually

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Course Code:           n/a  
Course Title:            Advanced Coastal Oceanography 
Course Lead:           Dr. Jack Barth 
Offered:                     Odd years

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Course Code:           Z 594 
Course Title:             Community Ecology
Theory and analysis of multispecies associations. Emphasis on extent to which existing ecological theory is supported by natural phenomena. Course considers how biotic and abiotic mechanisms interact to regulate community organization and stability in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: Graduate or postbac standing. (5 Credits)
Course Lead:            Dr. Bruce Menge, Dr. Sally Hacker 
Offered:                      Odd Years

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Course Code:           BIOE 200A 
Course Title:             Scientific Skills 
Course Lead:            Dr. Mark Carr 
Offered:                      Fall Quarter

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Course Code:           BIOE 286/L 
Course Title:             Experimental Design & Data Analysis & Lab 
Course Lead:            Dr. Pete Raimondi 
Offered:                      Winter Quarter

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Stanford University (Hopkins Marine Station): 

Course Code:           BIOHOPK 166H/266H 
Course Title:            Molecular Ecology 
Course Lead:           Dr. Steve Palumbi 
Offered:                     Winter Quarter

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Course Code:           BIOHOPK 277H 
Course Title:           Environmental Biomechanics, Physiology, and Genomics of Marine Species.

Marine species are widely used as a model system in community ecology, physiology and genetics.   Many of the factors responsible for structuring these communities are abiotic variables such as wave exposure, temperature, wind speed, and light. The physical and biological environment also sets the geographic scale for dispersal, adaptation and gene flow. The interaction between the physical environment and individual fitness or performance is especially topical in light of climate change. This four-week summer course is designed to offer experimental ecologists and physiologists theoretical and hands-on instruction in cutting-edge methods in biomechanics, physiological molecular biology, and genome-wide investigations of population differentiation and adaptation. The relationships between complex environmental mosaics and genome responses in the context of future climate change will be a major theme.

Course Lead:            Dr. Steve Palumbi, Dr. Mark Denny, Dr. George Somero 
Offered:                      June 13-July 8, 2011.  Independent research following the course is possible. 

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University of California Santa Barbara:

Course Code:           n/a    
Course Title:    
       Ocean and Coastal Policy and Law
Course Lead:           Dr. Satie Airame
Offered:                     Fall

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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Course Code:           OCN 680 
Course Title:           Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans 
Combined lecture/discussion examining biological and physical interactions in the oceans and their impacts on the functioning of marine ecosystems. A-F only. Pre: previous course in Marine Science, or consent.
Course Lead:         Dr. Margaret McManus
Offered:                    Alternate years

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A list of graduate students with links to additional information is available in our Directory. To obtain information about graduate studies with PISCO, send a request to


PISCO involves undergraduates in its research through internships, honors projects and other study and work experiences.  Please contact the appropriate person at the campus of interest to you:

Oregon State University:  contact Jerod Sapp at

UC Santa Cruz:  contact Emily Saarman at

UC Santa Barbara: contact Carol Blanchette at

Stanford University: contact Steve Palumbi at


Post-doctoral researchers play a critical role in PISCO and are typically involved in all levels of science, policy and organizational development.  Post-doctoral researchers work alongside PISCO scientists on the large-scale science questions being addressed by PISCO as well as working on their own individual projects.  A list of post-docs working with PISCO and descriptions of their projects is available via our Directory.  Post-doctoral positions are frequently posted on the PISCO website, under the Jobs at PISCO section.

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