¡Bienvenidos! Thank you for your interest in joining our co-lab. Below is a brief summary of different types of opportunities to undergraduates, graduate and post-graduate students we often have available:

Work Study:

Duke undergraduate and professional masters’ students can engage with us through work-study opportunities on a number of projects. The type of projects and tasks ongoing at any given time is very dynamic so it is best to email us for current opportunities. You will also need to check with Patty Nolin ( to make sure you are authorized to do a work-study and set you up in Duke’s payroll system.

Field Assistantships

We conduct fieldwork in protected areas and small-scale fishing communities! If you are interested in helping out and gaining experience on the type of work we do in the field, this is the best way to do so. Keep in mind that we mostly work in Spanish-speaking countries, so we are generally looking for students that have a working understanding of the language.

Internships with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Want to volunteer or intern with grassroots organizations working on science-based conservation issues in Mexico? Professional Masters’ students and undergraduates have successfully conducted internships in Mexico through our co-lab in the past two years. Part of their work has included data-gathering through informal interviews or surveys for their honor’s thesis and professional masters project, helping organize events and community-based meetings with fishers and other stakeholders, etc.

Professional Masters Students

While we are always happy to hear from students interested in applying to our program, you should know that the Nicholas School has the final word on admissions. Once admitted we do our best to match student interests with faculty expertise. If you are particularly interested in the Coastal Environmental Management concentration please contact our program coordinator. Also make sure to check the Nicholas School’s webpage for relevant and up-to-date information on our program:

Doctoral Work

We are very fortunate to work with excellent Ph.D. students. Our students are hard-working, self-motivated, fun, and doing exciting and challenging research!

We are not able to accept students every year, but we are always interested to hear from bright, self-motivated students, whose research interests match the type of work we do. Before contacting us, please check our publication and teaching page to get a sense of what we have been up to. We are particularly interested in hearing from students with a strong background in social science, with field experience and ability to secure external funding to support their graduate studies and research. In your expression of interest do not forget to tell us why you want to do a Ph.D. and why with us? Include your curriculum vitae and any other piece of information that you think would better allow us to get to know who you are.

Post-doctoral Research Associates

We expect to have opportunities for collaboration in the future.

Short-visits to our Co-lab

We often receive inquiries to do short stays with us and learn from each other! We welcome such opportunities. If we are not currently working on a project together, please accompany your expression of interest with some structured ideas of how you plan to use your time during your visit. Also, please understand that we do not have funds to support your visit, nor can advise you on immigration-related issues.


Please direct your expressions of interest to Xavier Basurto:

Again, thank you for your interest in our co-lab. We look forward to meeting you soon.