Educational Outreach

Interested in someone from our lab sharing information on deep-sea creatures with your class?


Contact Dr. Drazen at


Lab Tours


The lab is full of unique creatures from the deep. Anglerfish, vampire squid, giant amphipods... We are always excited to have visitors come to campus for a tour of the lab. If your school group is interested in coming to learn about deep-sea animals, feel free to reach out to us and schedule a visit!




School Visits


As much as we love hosting groups in the lab, we are happy to bring our deep-sea animals and come to your school. Whether your students are interested in learning about careers in marine science, the deep sea, or anything else you find interesting on our website, donʻt hesitate to get in touch! We are also able to provide virtual presentations if you are located outside of Hawaiʻi (or if, say, a pandemic occurs).



Communicating science is one of our favorite ways of giving back to the community! We love bringing our deep-sea knowledge to larger audiences, whether it’s students or the general public. Our lab members have been involved with teaching undergraduate and graduate students at UH Mānoa, as well as high school, middle, and elementary school students around Hawaiʻi. Keep reading to find out how we can bring deep-sea science to you!




Info for prospective students


If you are interested in joining the Deep-Sea Fish Ecology Lab here are a few things to consider.  We take graduate students through either the Oceanography Program ( or the Marine Biology Graduate Program (  Please visit these programs pages to learn about the requirements of each path and the admissions process.


The admissions process is highly competitive.  The lab only takes one student a year, on average, based on funds available and space in the lab.  All students are supported by a research assistantship, teaching assistantship or graduate fellowship (e.g. NSF GRFP). We are looking for curious, self-driven, creative students who have already demonstrated their analytical and scientific writing abilities at the undergraduate level.  Graduate school is very difficult so we expect students to work hard, help each other, and develop independence in their career.


Interested students should contact Dr. Jeff Drazen (


Last updated 9/1/23