Students and early-career researchers represent the future of deep-sea biology and are thus an invaluable part of our society. Currently, students make up 31% of the society’s membership, and together with early-career researchers a combined 45% identified representing 27 countries (including 7 developing countries). 65% of student and early-career members are females. We are proud to have increased the demographic diversity of our student and early-career community, but we are determined to do so more in the coming years by increasing support to individuals from developing nations and minorities through the society’s awards, by sharing information on upcoming opportunities and events through the society’s communication channels, and finally by providing networking and mentoring opportunities through society-sponsored events and schemes.

Current support for students includes:

E-mail updates

These are bi-weekly emails containing information on upcoming events (workshops, conferences) and opportunities (jobs, Ph.D. ads, awards, grants/funding schemes), sent through Wild Apricot.


The group Deep-Sea Soc S&EC Group is open to all students and early career researchers currently undertaking and/or active in the field of deep-sea research. The aim is to create a network and exchange information on everything deep-sea related.

Meet the next generation of Deep-Sea Researchers

This section will feature short bios of current student members of the Society. The aim is to promote networking between members of the student community and beyond, and showcase the diverse skill set harbored within the next generation of deep sea biologists. Find more here.

Life after Ph.D.

Anxious about what life post-PhD will look like? Torn between pursuing a career in academia or in industry? At which stage of your PhD should you be starting to apply for jobs and/or postdoctoral fellowships? In the “Life after Ph.D.” section members of the Society share their personal experiences about this important transition in a researcher’s life.

Mentoring scheme

Finally, this year also saw the launch of our mentoring network scheme. This followed a questionnaire that was filled in by approximately 30 individuals who were interested in a mentoring network. Rachel Jeffreys then contacted Susan Lozier a physical oceanographer at Duke University to gain some insight and advice on the MPOWIR network that Susan started and runs. A group of around 10 members of the society then participated in a webinar with Susan. This discussion formed the basis of the current mentoring network. Presently we have three mentoring groups consisting of two more senior researchers/academics and approximately 4 early career researchers (graduate students and postdoctoral researchers). The groups are split across approximately three time zones and have been meeting monthly to discuss a variety of topics e.g. career advice, paper and grant writing etc. Rachel will be holding a mentoring lunch (for those already in the network and those interested in joining) at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Monterey, California. Rachel hopes to be able to continue this network and set up a similar network for our masters undergraduate students.

Students – what else you like to see on this website? Please email your thoughts and suggestions to or tweet us at @DSBSoc

Black wire coral gardens of Stichopathes observed in Bermuda at 300 m during the 2016 Nekton Mission - XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.
Black wire coral gardens of Stichopathes observed in Bermuda at 300 m during the 2016 Nekton Mission – XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey. © Nekton 2018, All Rights Reserved