Dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific Seabirds and their environment.


Student members are important to the Pacific Seabird Group! Students are represented on the Executive Council and there are many opportunities to be be involved and recognised in the society.  See the Student page for information on awards, volunteering, social events, and presentation tips!

Student Events

As part of the Annual Meeting PSG offers an opportunity to attend the student-mentor social, a casual meeting with senior PSG members to support students’ transition into careers in state/federal/tribal agencies, academia, private or non-profit sectors.

Student members of PSG occasionally host post-field season BBQ potlucks or offer regional professional development opportunities – contact the PSG student representative: to host or attend one of these local events.

Student Travel Awards

PSG awards funds to enable students to attend the annual meeting. To be considered for the student travel award, the student must be a PSG member at the time of registration and submit an electronic application to the Past-Chair by the travel award deadline. See the Annual Meeting Travel Awards page.

Student Volunteering Opportunities

Each year, over a dozen students volunteer to assist with the PSG Annual Meeting by participating as members of the local committee, staffing the registration and merchandise desk, assisting with audio-visual needs, and running the silent auction.

Throughout the year, PSG offers the opportunity for students to volunteer with the publication of Pacific Seabirds, by assisting with PSG social media accounts, and through PSG’s committees.

Ready to dive in? Contact the PSG student representative:

Looking for additional ways to volunteer? See the Volunteering page.

Student Presentation Awards

Awards for Best Student Oral Presentation (PhD and Ms/underdraduate levels) and Best Student Poster (PhD and Ms/underdraduate levels) are presented each year at the Annual Meeting. Students submitting abstracts should indicate if they wish to be included in this competition. The guidelines for selecting the award recipients can be found on the Student Presentation Awards page. Downloadable version can be found here.

Interview with a PSG Student Member

Beth Phillips, PhD Candidate, University of Washington

How did you first hear about PSG?

Through members of the 2007 PSG local organizing committee hosting the meeting at Asilomar, California.

So you’re a recent transplant to Washington?

Actually, I grew up in Tacoma, Washington!  But my path to UW wasn’t exactly linear. I was at Moss Landing Marine Labs in California getting my MS, studying Harbor Seal diet (poop). I finished and started working with the BeachCOMBERS program through the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and San Jose State University. So, I guess you could say I moved from poop to dead birds…

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PSG Secretary
Jane Dolliver

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