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The Sustainable Fisheries Group and the larger emLab team support a culture of research excellence and professional growth. We foster a collaborative work environment to bring interdisciplinary expertise to solve critical ocean problems.

We want our team members to succeed, both here and in their future, and we actively encourage continuous learning. We cultivate a deep respect for our partners, who put our science into action and illuminate new and interesting research questions for us to work on.
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We work hard and play hard. We are scientists, divers, surfers, runners, modelers, problem solvers, and underwater rugby players. 

The sunshine and sparkling waves of the Central California coast are on our doorstep, but as part of the academic community at the University of California, Santa Barbara, we are serious about rigorous science and innovative solutions to address problems facing our oceans and the people who depend on them.
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SFG offers a flexible, project-centric workplace, but expects a great deal of initiative and accountability from everyone. We are a team of intellectual go-getters: eager to tackle new challenges and think outside the box to support healthy and productive oceans that can sustain generations to come. If we sound like a team you would thrive in, please check back often for new job openings. We look forward to hearing from you!


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We create lasting solutions for marine conservation by using existing tools in innovative ways, and providing replicable models to scale-up our solutions and make a global impact on ocean sustainability.

Our work would not be possible without the valuable, oftentimes non-traditional partnerships that we have forged with NGOs, government agencies, academic institutions, and industry groups around the world.

We currently work with more than 30 partners, and if you are interested in collaborating with SFG on a research or applied project, we invite you to reach out to us!



Whether you are interested in collaborating with us, supporting our work, or learning more about what we do, please contact us and and stay up to date on our work by following emLab on social media.

Phone: (805) 893-4058